Stay on top of 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.
USDA Provides $3.6 Billion for Electric Projects in 31 States
It was recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 electric projects in 31 states. These loans will finance infrastructure upgrades, create jobs and improve system operations for rural electric customers nationwide. The $3.6 billion will build or improve 12,500 miles of transmission and distribution line. It includes $216 million for smart grid technologies, $35 million for renewable energy, $26 million for environmental improvements, and nearly $1.8 million for energy efficiency.
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NextEra Makes Deals for Control of Transmission Firm Oncor
In a move that could put a Florida company in charge of Texas' power lines, NextEra Energy announced two deals Monday that would give the company control over Texas-based transmission company Oncor. NextEra Energy expects the transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both NextEra Energy and Energy Future Holdings, to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.
Read more from Electric Light & Power
NH Firms Taking Part in $129M Transmission Line Construction
A number of New Hampshire-based companies have been selected by Eversource to begin the first phase of constructing the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project transmission line. The project, which begins this fall, involves construction of a new overhead line to be built in existing rights-of-way between Londonderry, NH, and Tewksbury, Mass. The $129 million project is run jointly by Eversource and National Grid.
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Expansion of Tule Wind Project OK'd by State
The Tule Wind Project has received the go-ahead from the State Lands Commission to build a second phase of a venture that will dot the landscape in San Diego’s East County with wind turbines. The first phase of the Tule Wind Project is about to break ground in the wind-swept McCain Valley. Some 52 General Electric turbines with towers 262 feet high and 351 feet in diameter are expected to start spinning by September 2017.
Read more from The San Diego Union-Tribune
Southern Co., LG&E, KU, PPL, TVA Form Sharing Program for Outage Restoration
Southern Co., Louisville Gas and Electric Co., Kentucky Utilities Co., PPL Electric Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority, formed a new initiative to enhance the resiliency and reliability of the power grid by providing additional sources for obtaining critical equipment following disastrous events. The initiative—known as RESTORE, or Regional Equipment Sharing for Transmission Outage Restoration—will establish a voluntary program where participants identify spare transformers and other transmission equipment that would be made available for purchase by other participants should they experience a widespread disaster or physical attack within their service area.
Read more from Electric Light & Power
Toshiba Ships Turbine for World’s First Direct-Fired Supercritical Oxy-Combustion CO2 Power Cycle Demonstration Plant to U.S
Toshiba Corporation shipped a 25MW gross electric turbine to the world’s first direct-fired supercritical oxy-combustion CO₂ power cycle generation system demonstration plant, now being built in Texas in the United States. The demonstration plant, jointly developed by Toshiba, NET Power, LLC., CB&I, and Exelon Corporation, will validate the Allam Cycle, a new natural gas power system that operates at high efficiency and collects high-pressure CO₂. Toshiba has been developing the turbine and combustor for the plant since 2012.
Read more from WebWire
NV Energy Announces New Smart Grid Sensor Initiative to Enhance Electricity Reliability for 1.2 Million Customers
NV Energy recently announced a new reliability improvement program that utilizes sophisticated sensing technology comprising smart grid sensors and software to monitor remote substations and distribution power lines throughout Nevada. The aim of the project is to provide greater reliability of the electric supply for NV Energy’s customers as well as millions of tourists.
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