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.
GE Nears $1 Billion Deal With Caithness in Power-Plant Pact
General Electric Co. is nearing a deal with Caithness Energy with a potential value of more than $1 billion to supply equipment for multiple power plants in the U.S. GE would provide as many as six of its new H-class gas turbines, along with steam turbines and other equipment, the companies announced Wednesday. The pact, covering plants to be developed in 2017 and 2018, is expected to become final by the end of this month.
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FirstEnergy Energizes New Transmission Line
FirstEnergy Corp. energized a 69-kV transmission line project last week that will modernize the local power grid to meet the future needs of Ohio Edison customers in Ashland County. The $7 million rebuild project involved removing an older, existing transmission line and replacing it with a new set of wood poles capable of carrying new, higher capacity wires. The projects are part of FirstEnergy's Energizing the Future initiative, which began in 2014 and now includes $4.2 to $5.8 billion of investment in electric transmission infrastructure between 2017-2021.
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PPL to Use Fault Indicators on Power Lines
When these fault indicators sense a problem on the line, they start blinking. They not only provide information about the location of the problem, but also serve as a guide for repair crews. The fault indicators are part of PPL's new Smart Grid technology. The devices are part of a rebuild of electrical facilities PPL Electric Utilities is undertaking in its 29-county service area.
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Big Battery Installations Surge After Gas Leak in California
The biggest natural gas leak in U.S. history led to a boom in large-scale energy-storage systems, the technology that’s long considered the elusive link to integrating solar and wind power into electric grids. U.S. homes and businesses -- primarily utilities -- installed storage systems with 336 megawatt-hours of capacity in 2016, double the amount from the previous year, according to a study released Tuesday by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association.
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JCP&L to Spend $359M on Upgrades in 2017
Jersey Central Power & Light will spend $359 million on its electric network this year, including work to complete a 16-mile transmission line between Howell and Neptune, the utility said Monday. Other major projects include a new transmission line in Eatontown; an $11.6 million installation of communication equipment across its 13-county service territory — to better control the system remotely; circuit upgrades; and equipment replacements.
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$113 Million to be Spent in 2017 in Toledo Edison Service Area to Help Strengthen Electric System
FirstEnergy Corp. expects to invest about $113 million in 2017 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to help enhance reliability for more than 300,000 customers in Toledo Edison's western Ohio service territory. Projects scheduled include work on new transmission lines, replacing and enhancing existing transmission lines, replacing equipment used to monitor and respond to grid conditions, installing remote control equipment on distribution circuits, and inspecting and replacing utility poles.
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SPS, SPP Ask Texas to Rule on Transmission Competition
Southwestern Public Service and SPP have asked Texas regulators to rule on whether Texas law includes a right of first refusal that overrides FERC Order 1000 (Docket No. 46901). At issue is who will build a 90-mile, 345-kV line from Potter County to SPS’ Tolk Generating Station in the Texas Panhandle. Without a state ROFR, the project would be open to competitive bidding under Order 1000. SPS and SPP asked the Public Utility Commission of Texas to determine whether the RTO can designate entities other than the incumbent utility to construct and own regionally funded transmission facilities in Texas outside the ERCOT service area.
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