Find out what's happening on high voltage susbstation projects with this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
Construction to Begin Next Month on Shoreham Solar Power Project
Construction of the New York's second largest commercial solar array is expected to begin next month as developer Invenergy prepares to break ground at the former Tallgrass golf course in Shoreham. The Invenergy array, called Shoreham Solar Commons, will be second in size only to Brookhaven National Laboratory’s solar farm at 32 megawatts. But the Invenergy array is expected to produce around the same amount of energy — 50,000 megawatt hours a year — using newer, more efficient photovoltaic panels on 150 acres.
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FirstEnergy Spending $166 Million on Mon Power Power Grid Upgrades
FirstEnergy Corp. expects to invest about $166 million in 2017 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to help enhance service reliability for its customers in Mon Power's 34-county West Virginia service area. The projects include transmission enhancements to reinforce the system, along with constructing new distribution lines and inspecting and replacing utility poles and other equipment.
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ABB Substation to Enhance New York Power Grid
ABB won an order from Bechtel Infrastructure and Power to provide a turnkey substation solution. The substation will integrate electricity generated by the Cricket Valley Energy Station, a new combined cycle natural gas-fired power plant located in Dover. The 345 kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS) substation will add more than 1,100 MW of power and enhance the reliability of the New York transmission grid, benefitting about a million homes in the region.
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APS, a Helicopter and 6,000 Miles of High-Voltage Power Lines
Arizona Public Service Co. has been flying over its more than 6,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines crisscrossing the state to ensure they are in good shape to handle the summer demand. The utility uses a helicopter to inspect the most rural and remote lines that are difficult to access from the ground. The large transmission lines get this type of inspection every seven years, while the smaller systems get annual inspections.
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Xcel Energy Launches Its Largest-Ever Upper Midwest Wind Investment
Xcel Energy recently announced details about new wind farms and the next phase in its plans for one of the nation’s largest wind energy investments. By adding 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation in the Upper Midwest, the proposal is Xcel Energy’s largest to date with a total of seven wind farms to be built in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. The nation’s No. 1 utility wind provider is continuing its low cost renewable energy leadership, growing the company’s regional wind portfolio by 60 percent while providing enough energy to power more than 800,000 homes.
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Illinois Commerce Commission Initiates NextGrid Utility of the Future Study
The Illinois Commerce Commission has launched its consideration of the utility of the future, announcing NextGrid – a statewide collaborative to transform Illinois’ energy landscape and economy. Convened by the Commission and led by an outside, expert facilitator, NextGrid is an approximately eighteen-month consumer-focused and collaborative study. In addition to identifying and exploring future technological advancements and utility and regulatory models, the study will inform policymakers on the issues and challenges associated with a quickly evolving energy landscape and provide recommendations to the ICC and Illinois General Assembly on a range of tangible actions and policies available to best benefit customers and communities throughout Illinois.
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EDF Renewable Energy Expands into Distributed Electricity and Storage
EDF Renewable Energy recently announced the creation of a new business unit, Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES), to focus on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30 megawatts. The DES group will pursue emerging distributed-energy opportunities to provide unique products and services to commercial, industrial and utility customers in the United States.
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