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.
$75 Million Entergy Project to Improve West Bank Service
Entergy Louisiana plans to spend about $75 million rebuilding electricity transmission lines on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish to reduce power outages. The company expects to begin the work no sooner than September 2017. The project will unfold in three phases in the areas of Westwego, Harvey and Barataria. It's designed to improve the reliability of the transmission grid for Entergy's $655 million Ninemile natural gas power plant in Westwego.
Read more from The Times-Picayune
Massachusetts State Report Recommends 600 MW Energy Storage Target
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has released an energy storage report that provides a roadmap of policy recommendations to grow the energy storage market in the state, including a recommendation for a 600 MW storage procurement target. The report, State of Charge, is part of the state’s $10 million Energy Storage Initiative that includes funding for the study, as well as for demonstration projects.
Read more from Utility Dive
Brattleboro Electrical Substation to be Replaced Next Year
Starting in April 2017, Green Mountain Power will be updating its substation on Cotton Mill Hill. Work will include demolishing and removing switchgear, outdoor electrical equipment, perimeter fence, all equipment foundations, and steel structures and replacing the existing 4.687 MVA and 14 MVA transformers with a single 28 MVA 69 kV to 12.47 kV transformer, which will increase the substation capacity. The $3.6 million project will be paid for out of GMP's capital infrastructure budget, which is funded by ratepayers and is expected to be completed in December 2017.
Read more from Brattleboro Reformer
MYR Group Inc. Awarded Contract with Cross Texas Transmission to Construct Approximately 68 Miles of 345kV Transmission Line
MYR Group Inc. recently announced it has executed a contract with Cross Texas Transmission, an affiliate of LS Power, to construct the new Limestone to Gibbons Creek transmission line. The project consists of approximately 68 miles of 345-kilovolt transmission in southeast Texas and is part of the 345kV Houston Import Project. The contract is valued in excess of $125 million.
Read more from MYR Group
Michigan and MISO Develop Solution to Electric Capacity
Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced that discussions between the State of Michigan and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) have produced a framework that facilitates a state approach for establishing adequate electrical resources to meet reliability requirements. The jointly implemented solution, if approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will create a system that strives to keep prices as low as possible with regulatory assurance that monies will be spent to secure needed electric capacity.
Read more from Upper Michigans Source
Powerline Project Charging Along
Six months into the job, a plan to eliminate overhead power lines from a 3-mile stretch of Thousand Oaks Boulevard is on schedule and under budget. The $15-million undertaking is the city’s largest since work on Erbes Road was completed in summer 2015. Since March, crews have installed 22 underground vaults and 100,000 linear feet of new conduit, excavated and backfilled 240,000 cubic feet of soil, trenched more than 15,000 feet and placed 1,500 tons of new asphalt.
Read more from Thousand Oaks Acorn
Xcel Targets 1.5GW Windfall
US utility Xcel Energy has issued a call for 1.5GW of new wind energy to take advantage of “great wind pricing” supported by federal production tax credits. The request for proposals is part of the company’s drive to more than double its renewable energy portfolio and deliver 63% of its energy from carbon-free resources within 15 years.
Read more from Renews