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 this past week.
Entergy Louisiana to Provide 75 Megawatts of Power to Two Chemical Plants
Entergy Louisiana, LLC has entered into two agreements to supply power to LACC, LLC and Lotte Chemical Louisiana LLC facilities in southwest Louisiana. Under the contract, Entergy Louisiana could supply up to 30 megawatts of power monthly to LACC's ethylene cracker facility, as well as 45 megawatts of power to Lotte's mono-ethylene glycol plant. Both chemical plants will be located on the same piece of property in Lake Charles.
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LES Ready to Reap the Sun
Despite frequent rains and occasional hail, Nebraska’s first commercial solar energy project is on track to begin harvesting sunlight for Lincoln Electric System by June 20. The usable output of the array will be about 3.6 megawatts, capable of powering about 900 Lincoln homes, and sits on a portion of a 46-acre site. The new community solar project is owned by developer Enerparc and LES will buy solar power from the company.
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First New U.S. Nuclear Reactor in Almost Two Decades Set to Begin Operating
The Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Unit 2 was connected to the power grid on June 3, becoming the first nuclear power plant to come online since 1996, when Watts Bar Unit 1 started operations. Watts Bar Unit 2 is undergoing final testing, producing electricity at incremental levels of power, as TVA prepares to start commercial operation later this summer. The new reactor is designed to add 1,150 megawatts of electricity generating capacity to southeastern Tennessee.
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PSEG's 50-MW Pavant Solar II Project in Utah to Start in September
Pavant Solar II LLC on June 14 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accept for filing a proposed market-based rate tariff and authorize Pavant to sell energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services at market-based rates. Pavant is a direct subsidiary of PSEG Solar Utah LLC, which is a direct subsidiary of PSEG Solar Source LLC. Pavant is building and will own and operate a 50 MW photovoltaic solar facility in McCormick, Utah.
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Report: Solar Installations Up 27% in 1st Quarter, Seen Almost Doubling in '16
New solar installations are expected to nearly double this year as the industry works through a huge project pipeline that developers created when they thought a federal tax break was on the verge of being slashed. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group, are projecting about 14,500 MW of new solar capacity this year, up from a record 7,286 MW the industry installed in 2015 when solar outpaced new capacity additions from natural gas.
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O&R Plans to Meet High Summer Demand
Orange & Rockland says it is prepared to meet high summer demand for electricity. The company has invested in several projects that improve electric service reliability and the further development of energy efficiency programs that help customers use less energy, save money and reduce their carbon footprint. To prepare for this summer’s peak, O&R is making investments totaling nearly $120 million this year to fortify and improve the reliability of its electric system. That investment builds on the nearly $840 million O&R has invested over the past 10 years on electric system maintenance and reliability projects.
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SunPower to Break Ground Soon on U.S. Army Solar PV Project
SunPower Corp. said it expects to begin construction this month on a 10-MW solar photovoltaic power plant at a U.S. Army post in Alabama. SunPower is delivering the output from the plant under a power purchase agreement with the Redstone Arsenal U.S. Army post. The project was developed by Redstone Arsenal’s Directorate of Public Works, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Huntsville Center’s Energy Division. SunPower designed the project, and will build, operate and maintain it.
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