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.
NextEra to Build 300-MW Wind Project in North Dakota
NextEra will build a 300-MW wind facility dubbed Emmons-Logan in south-central North Dakota. The development comes as part of a power-purchase agreement with Great River Energy, a wholesale energy provider to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota. Construction on Emmons-Logan will begin in 2019 and the 133 GE turbines will be in place and commissioned at the end of that year.
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Large Wind Energy Project Finished
Construction of the O’Brien Wind Energy Project has been completed. MidAmerican Energy recently wrapped up work in northern O’Brien County and central Ida County, adding 551 megawatts of wind generation capacity for customers of the Des Moines-based company. Work on the Wind X developments — what the company calls the two wind farms together for its 10th overall wind project — began in the spring and the wind turbines were commissioned in early December.
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Southern Company Subsidiary Announces Strategic Wind Development Agreement
As part of the company's renewable development strategy, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power recently announced a joint development agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. to develop and construct approximately 3,000 megawatts across 10 projects with commercial operation dates between 2018 and 2020. Additionally, Southern Power has signed agreements to purchase wind turbine equipment from both Siemens and Vestas for use at the facilities.
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Mexico, US Sign Framework on Electricity Grid
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was in Mexico Saturday to sign a framework agreement on principles aimed at building the kind of cross-border electricity market with Mexico that the United States already has with Canada. Moniz said the potential for a mutually beneficial relationship is there. Wind turbines in Mexico's Baja California peninsula have already sent some power to U.S. markets. Mexican Energy Department officials said the new framework would be overseen or implemented by the NERC, The North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
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Readying for New HVDC Line, U.S. Lags Behind Rest of World
The U.S. may be getting its first overhead 600-kV high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) line in more than 20 years. Developers are advancing the Plains and Eastern Clean Line, a 720-mile project that could deliver 4 GW of renewable power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to states in the Southeast. The project is spearheaded by Clean Line Energy and GE Energy Connections, though the U.S. Energy Department is also a participant. Construction on the line could begin in the second half of 2017.
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NYPA Completes Substation Work to Grid-Connect New York’s Jericho Rise Wind Farm
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has completed work at a Franklin County substation that will help send 77.7 MW of renewable energy from the Jericho Rise Wind Farm to the New York power grid. The wind farm, located in the towns of Chateaugay and Belmont, are owned by EDP Renewables North America. NYPA energized the equipment, including 37 wind turbines, and placed the project into commercial operation earlier this month after it was linked to the Willis substation in Chateaugay.
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Christmas Blizzard Freezes Substations, Communication Lines
A devastating ice storm and severe blizzard conditions blanketed the Upper Great Plains region last week with snow and ice, knocking out power to many communities. Western Area Power Administration has been working closely with local utilities to restore power. WAPA crews worked to repair the federal grid, which supplies bulk power to local utilities, and those utilities then distribute the electricity using their local distribution system. The storm impacted WAPA’s Summit Substation, as well as several high-voltage transmission lines in the local area.
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