Catch up on what's happening in the power industry with this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
Kansas Power Pool Teams with GridLiance to Explore Joint Transmission Projects
The Kansas Power Pool and GridLiance today recently that the companies are teaming up to improve the transmission infrastructure in KPP’s service area, creating more reliable electricity service for customers. The two companies signed a Co-Development Agreement, demonstrating their commitment to working together in advancing transmission projects that will deliver value to KPP and its member cities.
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Construction Underway on Potomac Edison Power Line Project
Potomac Edison has begun construction of a new 34.5-kV power line paralleling State Route 259 as part of a project to enhance service reliability for more than 2,200 customers in rural Hardy County, West Virginia, including a nearby compressor station for a major natural gas pipeline. The new 14.5-mile power line is the centerpiece of the $5 million project, which will link an existing substation near Baker, West Virginia., to a new substation that will be built in Mathias, West Virginia, in 2017.
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Empire's Combined-Cycle Power Unit Fully Operational
The Empire District Electric Company celebrated the completion of the $168 million Unit 12 Combined Cycle project at its Riverton Power Plant with a dedication event on June 28. The project is believed to be the first large-frame combined cycle unit in the state of Kansas and one of the most efficient generating units in the country.
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Exelon in Talks to Acquire Entergy's FitzPatrick Nuke
Exelon Corp. is in talks to acquire the James A. FitzPatrick facility, with negotiations targeted for completion in mid-August. Entergy Corp. plans to retire FitzPatrick given poor economics of maintaining the facility which is adjacent to Exelon's Nine Mile Point nuclear plant. The acquisition is dependent on the approval of a proposal to subsidize New York's upstate nuclear plants. Exelon said that it would immediately reinvest $200 million in its plants if the program is approved.
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Duke Energy Approved to Build 17 MW Solar Power Plant at Naval Station
More renewable solar energy will soon flow to Duke Energy Indiana customers with the construction of a new 17 MW solar power plant at Naval Support Activity Crane, also known as the Crane naval station, located about 40 miles southwest of Bloomington, Ind. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved a settlement agreement between the company and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor to build the solar plant, which will sit on roughly 145 acres in the southeast portion of the naval base. It will be the second-largest solar power plant in the state, and the largest on the Duke Energy Indiana system.
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Energy Department Announces Up to $15 Million to Help Improve the Security and Resilience of the Nation’s Power Grid
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced new funding to strengthen and protect the nation’s electric grid from cyber and physical attacks. The Energy Department will provide up to $15 million, subject to congressional appropriations, to support efforts by the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to further enhance the culture of security within their utility members’ organizations.
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Southern Co. Unit Buys Texas Solar Power Facility
Southern Co. unit Southern Power bought its third Texas solar power project in less than a year—the 102 MW Lamesa Solar Facility—from RES America Developments Inc. Southern Power will sell the electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility under a 15-year power purchase agreement to the city of Garland, Texas. With more than 2,200 MW of renewable generating capacity ownership, Southern Power assembled its nationally recognized renewable portfolio through the strategic acquisition or development of 29 solar, wind and biomass projects that are either in operation or under construction across the United States.
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