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 last week.
$17 Million in Additional Reliability Work Underway in West Penn Power Service Area for 2016
West Penn Power is beginning work on approximately $17 million of additional electrical system projects for 2016 to enhance service reliability for its 720,000 customers. The work includes installing protective devices on wires and poles, rebuilding electric lines, adding other special equipment, and installing automated and remote control devices – all designed to help reduce the number and duration of service interruptions.
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Cogeneration Plant at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Edgewood Area Ready to Power Up
A relatively small power plant is getting ready to provide the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground with about 80 percent of its steam needs and 50 percent of its electricity needs. The Army unveiled the $40 million Combined Heat and Power Plant, or CHP, during a ceremony last week, at which ceremonial chains were cut to open the plant. The plant is expected to save the Army about $4.4 million annually, as well as more than $25 million ultimately.
Read more from The Baltimore Sun
California’s Biggest Utilities Break Own Record for Solar Power
California’s booming solar industry had a record day this week when the state’s largest utilities generated more power than ever from the sun. The state’s largest power grid, the California Independent System Operator, or ISO, on Tuesday managed enough solar energy to power 2 million homes. Its 8,030 megawatts recorded at 1:06 p.m. from solar sources stood out as double the network’s best day in 2014. It also was 2,000 megawatts more than its solar peak from last year. The ISO reaches about 80 percent of the California energy market. It includes Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric.
Read more from the The Sacramento Bee
NV Energy Expects Purchase of Arizona Natural Gas Plant to Bring Needed New Power
As part of a pending sale with electricity generator Calpine, NV Energy plans to acquire an Arizona natural gas plant for $75.6 million and invest about $21 million in the facility. In addition to purchasing the Arizona natural gas plant, the filing of more than 1,000 pages calls for a relatively small increase in funding for energy efficiency programs and seeks additional funding for a $33 million transmission line.
Read more from the Las Vegas Sun
The Largest Synchronous Condenser Ever Produced in Peterborough is Out the Door
In September 2014, GE won a contract to provide equipment for the Standpipe Substation 65 Mvar Synchronous Condenser near Hanna, Wyoming. The synchronous condenser substation will provide dynamic reactive power support, required to control voltage on double circuit 230 kV transmission lines that can be adversely effected by nearby wind farms. The 65MVAR synchronous condenser that GE Power Conversion is providing represents the largest solid 6 pole machine ever shipped from its Peterborough Ontario factory.
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Central Maine Power Breaks Ground on Energy Grid Upgrade
Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc., has started construction on a project that will strengthen the grid serving parts of Kennebec and Waldo Counties. The $5.4 million South China Substation project represents part of an estimated $40 million CMP plans to invest in the energy grid in 2016. The new substation will include a new 34.5/12.47 kilovolt transformer; multiple breakers and switches; and a control house with state-of-the-art communications, protection, and control equipment. Additionally, CMP will add a second distribution circuit, which should help to make service more reliable and provide CMP with more flexibility for operating the energy grid.
Read more from Transmission and Distribution World
Schneider Electric Network to Connect Renewable, Energy Efficiency Vendors
Schneider Electric introduced the New Energy Opportunities Network, a collaborative online platform that helps commercial and industrial companies quickly identify and vet renewable energy, cleantech and energy efficiency prospects. The network simplifies and accelerates the buying process by connecting end users to viable projects and technologies. The NEO Network joins sustainability and energy managers at Fortune 1000 companies with technology providers, project developers and affiliates, such as investors and law firms, to bring greater transparency and standardization to transactions.
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