Catch up on trends in the high voltage industry with this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from the week of January 6, 2016.
Two Energy Firms Merge, Renamed Southern Current
Charleston-based Sustainable Energy Solutions and Solbridge Energy will merge to become Southern Current as of Jan. 1. Southern Current will be active in residential, commercial and utility-scale solar development throughout the Southeast.
Read more from Charleston Regional Business Journal
Power Line Expected to Meet Greater Electricity Demands
Plans to develop a new 115-kilovolt transmission line on Route 33 in Millstone Township are underway. The infrastructure is classified as high voltage, and the 115 kV lines are used to transmit electricity to a large service area. JCP&L, which is owned by FirstEnergy, provides electricity to counties in northern and central New Jersey.
Read more from Examiner
Decision on Final Route for GNTL Power Line Expected in March
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide the location of the final route for the Great Northern Transmission Line in March. The proposed power line would deliver hydropower generated by Manitoba Hydro from Manitoba through Koochiching County to a substation near Grand Rapids.
Read more from International Falls Journal
PECO Completes Nearly 200 Electric System Projects to Enhance Service for Customers
From July through September, nearly 200 advanced projects were completed to enhance electric reliability for customers. Each year, PECO invests more than $500 million to continue to bolster the electric system infrastructure, including performing preventive maintenance and upgrading equipment.
Read more from Business Wire
NIPSCO High-Voltage Lines Will Boost Wind Farms
NIPSCO is involved in constructing two high-voltage power lines that could be key links in shipping electricity from Midwest wind farms to East Coast markets. As the nation starts to convert its electricity generation from coal to other sources, much of the power grid will have to be modified and in some cases reconfigured.
Read more from NWI Times
The Bushy-Tailed, Nut-Loving Menace Coming after America’s Power Grid
Even as utilities have spent millions on “wildlife protection,” squirrels routinely outsmart plastic animal guards on energized equipment, gnaw through
rubbery insulation and squirm into power substations, zapping electricity to thousands of homes and businesses while meeting an untimely death.
Read more from The Washington Post
Fluor Wins Contract by Westinghouse to Manage Nuclear Power Projects Workforce
Fluor Corp. won two subcontracts by Westinghouse Electric Co. to manage the construction workforce at two Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plant projects
in Georgia and in South Carolina. As a subcontractor to Westinghouse, the prime engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Fluor will manage
the majority of construction labor at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 and at two additional nuclear electric generating units for SCANA/Santee
Read more from Electric Light & Power