Be sure you're up to speed with what's happening in the high voltage world. This week's news digest from around the web features a few of the top headlines from this past week.
ABB Completes Upgrade of First Major HVDC Link in U.S. Transmission History
ABB has completed the upgrade of the Celilo HVDC converter station in Oregon and handed it over to U.S. utility Bonneville Power Administration, a power marketing agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. For nearly 50 years, this station has played a key role in integrating stable renewable hydro power into the grid and transmitting electricity between the Pacific Northwest and southern California. In addition to modernizing the converter station, its capacity has also been increased from 3,100 up to 3,800 megawatts.
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AEP Plans $80M Upgrade
Appalachian Power (AEP) customers from South Bluefield to Wytheville will soon benefit from an $80 million upgrade in transmission line and equipment. The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved the Bland Area Improvements Project, which will upgrade about 20 miles of transmission line, adding five miles of new transmission line and a substation to support the local distribution of power in Bland County.
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Dominion Starts Construction on $1.3 Billion Greensville County Power Station
Dominion Virginia Power has begun construction on its 1,588- megawatt Greensville County Power Station, immediately after the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board approved the station's air permit. The air permit issued on June 17 was the last regulatory hurdle the station had to clear before it could start construction. Over its expected 36 year life, the station will save Dominion Virginia Power customers about $2 billion as a result of the company not having to purchase power from market sources.
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Natural Gas Shortage Could Cause Rolling Blackouts in Southern California
California regulators and utility executives are staring down a natural-gas shortage in the Los Angeles area that could trigger up to two weeks of electrical blackouts this summer. The state’s electric grid operator warned that it may call for emergency reductions in electricity use on Monday and Tuesday, when a heat wave in Southern California is expected to push up demand for air conditioning. Without conservation, officials fear power plants could run out of fuel and trigger rolling blackouts.
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NYPA Completes Electric Grid Project to Improve Reliability and Bring More Renewable Energy Downstate
The New York Power Authority and New York State Electric & Gas today announced the completion of a $120 million transmission project that will enable more electricity from renewable sources to flow from upstate to meet energy demand in more-populated downstate regions without having to build new power lines. The project, known as the Marcy South Series Compensation Project, is also a cornerstone of the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build an energy system that is more efficient, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers. A key goal of REV and New York State is ensuring 50 percent of all electricity used in the state come from renewable sources by 2030.
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Rocky Mountain Power Seeks New Option to Meet Needs of Large Customers With Renewable Energy Goals
Rocky Mountain Power filed a request with the Utah Public Service Commission to offer large customers who move in or expand in Utah another option to use renewable energy. The proposed Renewable Energy Tariff is part of the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan legislation passed by the Utah Legislature in 2016 and provides greater opportunities for large customers who would like to get electricity from renewable energy sources.
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California's Last Nuclear Power Plant to Close by 2025
Pacific Gas & Electric announced that it will shut down California’s last nuclear power plant by 2025. The two reactors at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will be replaced with a power portfolio of renewables and energy storage under a joint proposal between PG&E and labor and environmental organizations. The utility said the need for Diablo Canyon is reduced due to an increase of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2030, doubling energy efficiency goals under Senate Bill 350, growing distributed energy resources and other factors.
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