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.
Invenergy Books New HVDC Line for 600 MW of Upstate New York Wind
Invenergy LLC is willing to use the Empire State Connector, a planned 1,000-MW HVDC transmission line, to connect up to 600 MW of Upstate New York wind projects to downstate electricity customers. The roughly USD-1.5-billion Empire State Connector will allow upstate power generators to deliver power directly into New York City through two submarine cables buried in the Erie Canal and the Hudson River.
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Xcel Energy Files for $1 Billion Rush Creek Wind Project
Xcel Energy wants to build a $1 billion wind farm that spans 90,000 acres in Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln counties. Colorado’s largest electric provider filed documents with the Public Utilities Commission for the Rush Creek Wind Project, which would use 300 2-megawatt turbines to generate enough energy to power about 180,000 homes. A 90-mile, 345 kilovolt transmission line also will be constructed.
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UI Substation Replacement Underway in New Haven
Work to replace a pair of aging electric substations in New Haven is part of a long-term strategy at The United Illuminating Co. that dates back two decades. The Orange-based electric distribution company is spending $6 million to decommission its substation in the city’s Westville neighborhood, converting low-voltage circuits to a more reliable high-voltage system. Taking the 63-year-old substation out of service and replacing it with a new one is expected to be mostly completed by the end of this year.
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PG&E Testing Safety Drones to Inspect Electric Infrastructure
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is testing unmanned aircraft systems to enhance the safety and reliability of its electric and gas service. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized PG&E to use drones to assist with inspections of electric and gas infrastructure. PG&E is conducting two separate testing programs to explore the feasibility of using safety drones to monitor electric infrastructure in hard-to-reach areas and to detect methane leaks across its 70,000-square-mile service area.
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ASCE Says Lack of Investment in Transmission Hurts Economy
In its latest report in infrastructure investment trends, the American Society of Civil Engineers said that electricity infrastructure is expected to have the second-largest funding gap in the coming decades, behind only surface transportation, and that the current underinvestment in grid infrastructure could reduce reliability and harm the U.S. economy. ASCE said the electricity sector underinvestment gap in 2025 would be 22 percent in generation, 24 percent in transmission and 54 percent in distribution. The underinvestment gap for generation has shrunk compared with previous reports due to improvements in the availability of generation and decreases in the rate of demand growth predicted by NERC.
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Mitsubishi Electric Shipped First 765kV Power Transformer from North American Subsidiary
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced recently that Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. a Mitsubishi Electric’s subsidiary based in North American, shipped its first high-capacity 765kV power transformer to American Electric Power on April 29. The shell-type 765kV transformer was manufactured at the company’s factory in Memphis, Tennessee. It is the first transformer of this category to be produced at MEPPI and also the first to be manufactured locally in the United States of America in 25 years.
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U.S. Electricity Costs Half the Price of China's
Median electricity prices for U.S. industrial plants are one-third to one-half of prices in China, and the savings in the U.S. can be as high as 70 percent, according to "A Comparison of U.S. & China Electricity Costs." To compile the data, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co. worked directly with U.S. utilities, and Tractus Asia consulted with authorities from China's State Grid Corp.
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