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.
Collaborative Utility Project Connects Electric Transmission From South Dakota To Wisconsin
The CapX2020 project has finished its last section of electric transmission line from South Dakota to Wisconsin. Xcel Energy, Dairyland Power Cooperative and nine other utility companies celebrated the completion of the line at a substation in Hampton, Minnesota, on Monday. After a decade of planning and construction, the transmission line now stretches across southern Minnesota to the La Crosse area.
Read more from Wisconsin Public Radio
City of New Orleans Gets a Big Upgrade
In 2014, Entergy decided to decommission its Michoud power station in New Orleans. The 875-MW generating station had been providing peak power throughout the city of New Orleans for more than half a century. In order to retire the generation station, Entergy needed to bring power into the city from other locations. The $30 million project upgraded 12 miles of 230kV transmission lines, which enabled full delivery of lower-cost power from Entergy's efficient Ninemile power plant.
Read more from Transmission and Distribution World
Solar Power On the Rise in Arkansas
There’s nothing new under the sun? A quick glance around Arkansas, where solar power projects are popping up all over, shows just the opposite. The state’s largest solar array went online in East Camden on March 31, and Entergy Arkansas is partnering in plans to build an even bigger field called Stuttgart Solar that should deliver power within two years.
Read more from Arkansas Business
Georgia Power Offers Fall Planting Guide to Ensure Reliability
Georgia Power works every day to keep reliability high across the state and, during fall planting season, reminds customers that making the right landscaping choices can decrease the likelihood of a power outage. In order to decrease outages caused by tree limbs and brush, Georgia Power is providing a variety of resources for customers, including an illustrated planting guide.
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PPL Plans Massive Electrical Substation to Power NIZ Development
PPL Utilities recently began work on a massive new electrical substation in downtown Allentown. The new substation is designed to improve reliability for all customers in the area, as well as handle additional demand created by downtown development. The project hasn't gone through any municipal approvals, such as zoning approval or the building permits application process, because as a utility, PPL is exempt. Construction on the project, which is expected to be completed next year, has begun with site work and grading underway.
Read more from The Morning Call
Entergy Arkansas Seeks Approval for Pair of 115-kV Transmission Lines
Entergy Arkansas recently applied at the Arkansas Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity allowing it to construct, operate, and maintain two new 115-kV transmission line segments and related transmission facilities located in Saline County, Arkansas. The proposed facilities consist of two slack-span line segments about 150 feet each (0.06 miles total) of a new single circuit transmission line to provide a 115-kV connection to a new distribution substation being constructed by Benton Utilities for the city of Benton, Arkansas.
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Electric Transmission Texas Files Interconnect for 182 MW Midway Solar Project
Electric Transmission Texas filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas on Oct. 4 a Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement with Midway Solar for a 182 MW (net at the point of interconnection) project in Pecos County. Midway Solar's Waymark Substation, needed to support this project, will interconnect with a 345 kV transmission line that runs for about five miles out of ETT's Bakersfield 345 kV Station.
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