Find out what's happening in the high voltage industry with this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
Regulators Accept Hawaiian Electric’s Plans for 100 Percent Renewable Energy
The Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission approved a plan by the Hawaiian Electric Companies to take steps that would lead to the utility generating 100 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2045. The plan, undertaken on all five islands served by Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai’i Electric Light, calls for new renewable resources including 400 MW of new renewable generation by 2021, rooftop solar, energy storage, new inverters and control systems to maintain grid reliability.
Read more from Power Engineering.
U.S. Coal Exports Grow in First Half of 2017
U.S. coal exports grew 58 percent higher than in the same quarter last year, and have now increased for the second quarter in a row, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. EIA expects coal exports for 2017 as a whole to reach 72 million short tons, or 19 percent higher than 2016. However, coal exports are still running well below export capacity.
Read more from Power Engineering.
Infrastructure Limits Growth in Wind Power
Wind energy’s biggest expansion hurdle is not a lack of supply or demand. Or even local wildlife. It’s a matter of getting the energy from the turbine to the consumer. American wind power development may have to be curtailed by as much as 15.5 percent in some areas without additional transmission lines and upgrades to existing infrastructure, according to a technical report the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory issued in January.
Read more from Finance&Commerce.
Energy Industry Lawyer Is Trump's Pick to Head FERC
President Donald Trump has nominated energy lawyer Kevin McIntyre to chair the vacancy-plagued commission that oversees the nation's power grid and natural gas pipelines.Only one commissioner currently serves on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, leaving it without a quorum and unable to make decisions on interstate pipelines and other projects worth billions of dollars.
Read more from Electric Light & Power.
Washington State Regulators Approve Microsoft Deal to Buy Clean Energy on Open Power Markets
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved a settlement allowing Microsoft to fulfill its clean energy goals by buying power on the retail power market, rather than purchasing energy from Puget Sound Energy. PSE created a tariff last year to allow for the new retail service for large industrial or commercial customers, and Microsoft agreed to pay a transition fee of $23.6 million to ensure customers are not harmed.
Read more from Utility Dive.
Concord Adamant on Burial of Northern Pass Power Lines
New Hampshire state hearings on the Northern Pass project have been going on for two and a half months now, but Concord hasn’t heard anything to change its opinion that the power lines should be buried as they travel through the city. City officials might even be more adamant about burying lines because of a hike in proposed tower heights near Interstate 393, following Department of Transportation concerns.
Read more from the Concord Monitor.
Alexander City Receives Grant for Substation Upgrades
A grant from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority will fund the replacement of electrical breakers at two important substations in Alexander City, AL. The grant, which is for up to $483,200, is part of a $10 million AMEA Smart Grid Initiative. The city has targeted 15kV breakers at the substations on Highway 280 and on Willow Street for replacement.
Read more from The Alexander City Outlook.