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.
Amazon Announces its Largest Wind Farm to Date – A New 253 Megawatt Wind Farm in West Texas
Amazon recently announced “Amazon Wind Farm Texas,” a new 253-megawatt wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually – enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. home. Amazon Wind Farm Texas will include more than 100 turbines, each with a rotor diameter twice as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747. Scheduled to open in late 2017, Amazon Wind Farm Texas will be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date.
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Potomac Edison Upgrades Maryland Substation
Potomac Edison, a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., is upgrading equipment at a substation to help enhance service reliability for about 3,400 customers and meet increased electrical demand in the high-growth, eastern edge of its Maryland service area. The centerpiece of the $2.5 million substation project is replacing two distribution transformers with larger units that will increase the system's capacity and help power the new residential and commercial development planned for eastern Frederick and Howard counties. The substation upgrade includes the installation of two new breakers, a new substation control building, and the installation of automated and remote control devices designed to help reduce the number and duration of service interruptions.
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Dominion to Move Forward on Transmission Line Plan
Representatives with Dominion Virginia Power recently told Alexandria officials they plan to move forward with their long-dormant proposal to run a new transmission line through the city later this fall. Dominion plans to file an application with the State Corporation Commission to pursue two options to increase grid capacity and reliability in Northern Virginia.
Read more from the Alexandria Times
SRP Launches Major New Renewable Energy Project with Apple
Salt River Project’s Board of Directors has approved an agreement to purchase the energy produced from Apple’s new 50-megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant, located in Pinal County east of its data command center in Mesa. Apple has completed construction, and is finalizing the commissioning of the large-scale solar array, so that clean power can feed into SRP’s grid that supports Apple.
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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 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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Xcel Energy Finishing Installation
Xcel Energy is in the process of finishing a project in Parachute, that will provide more electricity to the Colorado grid, and they're using a little aerial assistance. The main reason for this project is to anticipate the future growth and load growth in Xcel's power lines. Not only do these lines benefit Parachute, they will also provide electricity to Colorado's 4,600 line grid, which includes the entire Western Slope.
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PPL Buys 240-Acre Tract for Substation, Lines
PPL Electric Utilities recently purchased 240 acres of land for a substation that will tap into new transmission lines and improve power delivery to Scranton and beyond. PPL plans to build a new, 1.3-mile, 230-kilovolt line between what will be known as the Summit substation to the transmission lines erected on West Mountain two years ago. PPL paid $900,000 for the land and the project is expected to cost more than $12 million.
Read more from The Times-Tribune