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 Long Beach Power Plant to Include 100 MW Energy Storage
AES Corp.'s unit AES Alamitos is now building a 640 MW gas-fired power plant called the Alamitos Energy Center in Long Beach, California. The power plant, which will replace the AES Alamitos Generating Station, also includes a 100 MW battery energy storage system. The original plan for the power plant was nearly twice as large, with a capacity of 1,040 MW of natural gas power, and a 300 MW battery system. The new plant will be about half the size of the existing one, and will no longer use ocean water for cooling purposes.
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FirstEnergy Launches $600 Million Grid Modernization Program in Pennsylvania
FirstEnergy Corp. recently announced that it will conduct more than $600 million in transmission projects through 2018 in the company’s Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) and Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed) service areas. Through its Energizing the Future initiative, FirstEnergy will commence approximately 336 projects through next year update or replace transmission lines, install new, smart technology, and add new equipment, digital communications and enhanced security features to dozens of electric substations.
Read more from the Daily Energy Insider
Berkshire Hathaway Energy To Buy Texas Grid Company Oncor
Iowa-based Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has executed a definitive merger agreement with bankrupt Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH). In turn, by acquiring reorganized EFH, BHE will acquire EFH’s Oncor, a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider serving approximately 10 million Texans.
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Squirrel Prompts Widespread Power Outage in Central San Diego
A squirrel left more than 45,000 customers across San Diego without power for several hours Tuesday, according to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). The squirrel came in contact with a high voltage transmission line, leaving the entire substation shut down.
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Apple’s Oregon Wind Farm Cleared For Super-Sized Turbines
Regulators have cleared Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest. Project developer Avangrid Renewables said it hasn’t made a final decision on the machines it will use at the Montague Wind Power Facility, but regulators last week granted a site-certificate amendment that allows for turbines with rotor diameters of 136 meters and generating capacities of 3.6 megawatts.
Read more from the Portland Business Journal
Water Authority Solicits Proposals for Potential Joint Energy Storage Facility with City of San Diego
The San Diego County Water Authority this week issued a Request for Proposals for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego that could lessen upward pressure on water rates and also increase opportunities for renewable energy penetration throughout the region by leveraging existing infrastructure at San Vicente Reservoir. The potential project would consist of a closed-loop interconnection and pumping system between the existing San Vicente Reservoir (which is owned by the City of San Diego) near Lakeside and a new, smaller reservoir located uphill. The system could provide up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy.
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NY Governor Announces Plan to Rebuild 78 Miles of Transmission Infrastructure
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week announced plans to rebuild 78 miles of power transmission infrastructure in the North Country, further strengthening the reliability of the New York State electric power grid and enabling more upstate renewable energy to connect to the power system throughout the state.
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