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Representatives of five transmission projects proposed in July in response to the Massachusetts solicitation for 9.45 TWh/year of hydro and Class I renewables (wind, solar or energy storage) tried to explain why their projects should be among those selected in January. Contracts awarded under the MA 83D request for proposals are to be submitted in late April.
Abengoa was awarded the contract for 400 kilometres of overhead transmission line on Newfoundland and in Nova Scotia. The power lines are part of the infrastructure that will connect the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project to the North American grid.
Huskilson told analysts that Emera Maine is working with Central Maine Power Co. on a proposed transmission upgrade that would allow more wind power and other energy to be transported from northern Maine and Canada.
Since Health Canada doesn’t consider EMF a hazard, there are no precautionary measures required when it relates to daily exposure. As such, Dufferin Wind spokesperson Connie Roberts noted the company has no testing guidelines to follow.
Earlier this month, two of Hydro-Quebec’s transmission lines funneling power from James Bay to Quebec went out, causing about 188,000 customers in Canada to lose power during the outage’s peak. The outage meant that more than 2,000 megawatts of power bound from Canada to the New England grid didn’t show. And that drove grid operator ISO-New England to launch reactionary procedures to keep electricity flowing south of the border.
The transmission poles, located alongside the County-owned rail corridor, will carry the power from 49 new turbines in Melancthon to the Hydro One transformer station on the 3rd Line of Amaranth. Construction started last spring and Ms. Wallace says she heard from friends and neighbours “that DWP was violating their site plan agreements.”
The plan for a $1.2 billion, privately financed New England Clean Power Line was presented at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. TDI depicted the project as a “green” technology that would benefit Vermont’s tax base, spur economic growth with reduced energy costs, and diversify the state’s energy sources.
“It appears obvious that the line’s placement, directly between a key waterfowl staging area and adjacent grain fields, couldn’t have been planned more effectively if killing waterfowl had been its primary objective,” said McIntyre, a well-known environmentalist in the area. “The biggest thing to me in all of this, is how in the world was such an obvious threat allowed to take place?”
A certain degree of local congestion and general oversupply is often planned into the system. However, given the relatively narrow operating margins of wind and solar projects, typical project leverage ratios and the debt service coverage ratio covenants by which most projects are bound, an annual curtailment of generating capacity of more than one percent can have a devastating impact on project viability.
IPoliticians and residents are watching with worry as three companies make the rounds asking landowners south of Petrolia to sign leases for wind turbines. Enniskillen Mayor Kevin Marriott says in the last few months three companies have been speaking with the municipality about projects which could bring as many as 51 turbines to the rural township south of Petrolia.
Dufferin County Council might expect to be faced by a host of opponents of a proposed 230-kilovolt power line along an abandoned rail corridor, but it's difficult to assess whether the opposition is to the power line so much as to the creation of a wind farm in the north of Melancthon.
"Green energy not only has to be green, but it has to respect green space and what is a recognized biosphere," said Thiel. "We're not against the wind farm. We just feel the connection of the wind farm needs to be done in a respectful manner. It doesn't necessarily need to cross the escarpment."
The energizing of a new transmission line from the Bruce Peninsula to Milton will only lead to more surplus power in Ontario being sold at a loss, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli charged today. "This line will accommodate more expensive wind power energy that we don't need on the grid," Fedeli said.
The $700-million Bruce to Milton transmission project will allow electricity to flow from refurbished reactors at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, and from wind and solar projects that have received conditional contracts under Ontario's green energy program. The lines will be able to carry 3,000 megawatts of electricity.
The senators - led by state Sen. George Maziarz, a Western New York Republican, and joined by state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton - say upstate jobs are at stake if a $2 billion transmission line proposal is approved because it would squeeze out energy producers in the state, like nuclear power plants, facilities that burn wood to create electricity and wind turbine farms.
Power line builder and operator AltaLink was included in Wednesday's decision on the 230-kilovolt transmission line by the Alberta Utilities Commission, having also applied for an extension on its substation project associated with the project. The merchant power line has been in the making for more than five years
In a leaked letter sent to the PC caucus, the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA) lambasted AESO's proposed lines as "unnecessary," "irresponsible," "unaffordable" and "lacking common sense." Instead of attracting investment, the plan, they claim, will drive industrial users out of Alberta or force them to generate their own power, leaving domestic users to pick up industry's share (61 percent) of the tab. Even the Fraser Institute, an industry cheerleader, is opposed.
Wind developers in Montana are counting on the trans-border transmission line to build their projects, which would connect the electricity grids of the two countries at Great Falls and Lethbridge. The line's construction has been slowed by disputes with landowners and construction contractors.
Martin Murray, spokesperson for Public Service Co. of New Hampshire says public opinion is solidly against the venture. The challenge is to determine "how we can achieve a new and significant source of renewable energy at an economic price and do it with as little impact on our north country as possible."
The power is to be supplied by hydro and wind generators in Canada. The project held a public hearing before an administrative law judge in Plattsburgh in November. That judge is expected to make a recommendation to the Public Service Commission later this year.