Take a look at the latest happenings in high voltage work in this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
New England Clean Power Link Receives Presidential Permit
The United States Department of Energy has issued a Presidential Permit for the New England Clean Power Link, a 1,000 MW buried electric transmission line that will connect New England with Eastern Canada. A Presidential Permit is required for the construction, operation and maintenance of electric facilities connecting at the international borders of the United States. Of the more than half dozen proposed transmission lines aimed at importing renewable electricity into the New England market, the New England Clean Power Link is the only project to have obtained all necessary siting permits.
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Haskell County Solar Farm Coming Online Soon
When the Haskell County solar project, Alamo 7, goes online later this year, it will be the largest dual-axis solar farm in the United States based on its capacity to produce electricity. Electricity generated by the 106-megawatt farm will be carried via high-voltage transmission lines to San Antonio, where it will be used by customers of CPS Energy, a municipally owned natural gas and electric company.
Read more from Abilene Reporter-News
AEP Seeks $52 Million to Build up to 10 Ohio Microgrids
American Electric Power is asking regulators for $52 million to build eight to 10 microgrids in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus microgrids are to be installed at critical facilities, such as hospitals, shelters, water plants, grocery stores and gas stations. The microgrids will be powered by solar and energy storage, with natural-gas turbines serving as the marginal system resource.
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Mississippi Power Generates Power at Kemper Power Plant
Mississippi Power achieved a milestone with electricity generated in the second gasifier at the Kemper County energy facility by synthesis gas, or syngas, from lignite coal. Last month, the company announced electricity had been generated in the first of the Kemper facility's two gasifiers. The remaining milestones for the IGCC include successful carbon capture and integration of all systems necessary for both combustion turbines to simultaneously generate electricity with syngas. The expected date for the plant to be placed in service is Dec. 31.
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NEC to Supply Southern California Edison with 3.4 MW of Energy Storage
NEC Energy Solutions announced it will supply Southern California Edison with its first grid energy storage pilot system. Under the agreement, NEC will provide a GSS energy storage solution that will include 3.4 MWh of containerized lithium ion batteries, a 3 MW power conversion system and the AEROS controls software suite. The energy storage system aims to defer traditional distribution grid upgrades that have become increasingly challenging, especially in dense urban environments served by Southern California Edison.
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Xcel Powers Up 200 MW North Dakota Wind Project
Xcel Energy’s Courtenay Wind Farm, a 200 MW project in North Dakota, is now fully operational. The project is located near Courtenay, north of Jamestown – a wind-abundant area ideal for wind development, says Xcel. The project comprises 100 Vestas turbines covering 25,000 acres owned by 60 landowners. The wind farm is now delivering enough energy, on average, to power approximately 100,000 homes.
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sPower to Develop 49.5 MW of Wind Power in Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Power has granted sPower a 25-year power purchase agreement for a planned 49.5-MW wind facility near Santa Clara. The future Sand Hill Wind facility will be constructed within the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, and consist of 25 turbines. The company expects commercial operations will begin before the end of 2020.
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