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Utilities led by Southern of Atlanta and Public Service Enterprise Group of Newark, N.J., say the rule may force their customers to pay for long, expensive power lines when better local options are available.
FERC's rule may lead to "socializing" transmission costs, said Sue Sheridan, president and general counsel for the utility-sponsored Coalition for Fair Transmission Pricing in Washington. "We stand for the cheapest renewable resources."
The $1.1 billion Northern Pass Project will see a 140-mile-long transmission line built on structures ranging from 90 to 135 feet tall from Quebec to Franklin. The utility will need to acquire a new right of way through Coos County -- 45 miles from the Canadian border.
"Resistance from some Eastern states, Massachusetts in particular, has become stronger and stronger," said Stanley, part of a working group of 39 state energy and utility regulators.
Easterners have made it clear that Iowa and the Midwest can build all the transmission it wants, so long as it pays all the costs. Midwesterners beg to differ.
FERC determines whether transmission pricing plans submitted by regional grid operators and utilities are "just and reasonable." Its proposed rule would mandate that the plans "account for transmission needs driven by public-policy requirements" -- including standards calling for the use of more renewable energy -- alongside cost and reliability.
"While the original proposed route and the other land-based alternatives present the most reasonably economic method of delivering the power from the project to the public, the sub-aquatic alternative has the advantage of being preferable from an aesthetic standpoint," Mr. Burgdorf wrote.
van't Hoff said 31 transmission lines cross the border dividing Canada and the United States, but MATL is the first in which users of a line - in this case wind developers - will pay for the transmission as opposed to utility ratepayers.
Three wind-farm developers and the Western Area Power Administration have shipping space reserved.
Current transmission costing schemes are geared toward reliability of the power grid - not public policy - so unless power systems need more lines to balance loads and demand, proponents have to shell out the huge sums of money to build transmission to get their clean power to market.
Some of the very lawmakers who authored that law, under pressure from constituents, since have asked whether some of the planned lines still are needed.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state grid, has reported back that two segments could be rejected in favor of beefing up existing lines.
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To generate the same power output, the researchers calculated that the local site would require taller and higher-efficiency turbines than the distant sites would. So a wind farm in the Great Plains would cost 25% less to install than one near Chicago would.
But building new lines from distant sites is expensive.
Although Tonbridge already has begun construction on the stretch north of Cut Bank, Salois' son, Larry, and other landowners have argued that a foreign private corporation has no right to invoke eminent domain, a right that Salois' lawyer, Hertha Lund, said belongs to the state.
The MidAmerican/AEP proposal is the only wind transmission plan. ITC Holdings of Michigan, which owns and operates Alliant Energy's transmission sysstem in Iowa, already as preliminary approval from federal regulators to approach investors about a similar line from the Dakotas through Iowa across the Mississippi River to serve urban markets to the east.
Most of the utility's electrical transmission and distribution system consists of overhead wires and poles that pose a threat to the nocturnal seabirds.
As Northeast Utilities and Hydro-Quebec begin seeking state and federal approval for the construction of Northern Pass, a $1.1 billion dollar project that would bring 1,200 megawatts of energy from a dam in Canada to southern New Hampshire, environmental groups say that it's too early to tell if the project will end up being truly "green." ...About 50 miles of the power lines will be in new territory, and 130 miles will use existing paths. In the new territory, a path of about 150 feet would be cleared to accommodate the power lines.
A recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the future of natural gas found that 80 years' worth of global natural gas consumption could be developed profitably with a gas price of $4 per 1,000 cubic feet or below.
Plans for nuclear plants and wind farms were made under the assumption that gas prices would average $7 to $9.
"Without a multi-billion investment on the order of $50 to $100 billion, our nation's transmission capabilities will be insufficient to allow for the integration of enough renewable power sources into the high voltage grid to meet the RPS requirements," Mr. Pfeifenberger said in his comments.
At stake is where large transmission towers carrying electricity from West Texas wind farms to urban areas in the eastern portion of the state will be located. Also at issue is whether existing private power lines might be improved and utilized.
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In its self-proclaimed drive to make the world a better place, Google has immersed itself in far more than Internet search and online ads. But driverless cars and a wind energy farm in the Atlantic Ocean?
It took a handful of loosely-affiliated residents just over a month to convince California-based Clipper Windpower to change plans for bringing that wind energy to Colorado Springs. This week, the company agreed to bury the high-voltage transmission lines through their area, at five times the cost
Google's investment in an underwater transmission line that would connect offshore wind farms from northern New Jersey to Virginia offered a jolt of energy to the industry Tuesday, but developers worried it could hold back projects planned off Delaware and New Jersey.
Trans-Elect estimated that construction would cost $5 billion, plus financing and permit fees. The $1.8 billion first phase, a 150-mile stretch from northern New Jersey to Rehoboth Beach, Del., could go into service by early 2016, it said. The rest would not be completed until 2021 at the earliest.