Articles filed under Transmission

Appeals court backs sale of controversial wind energy line in Missouri

A state appeals court ruled in favor of a controversial wind electricity project Tuesday, putting the Grain Belt Express transmission line another step closer to construction. The project, which has been tied up in legal and legislative challenges for years, will carry wind-generated power from Kansas to Indiana on a 780-mile-long transmission line that includes eight northern Missouri counties.
7 Jul 2020

Nebraska Public Power District says R-Project route won’t change after federal judge vacates permit

The Denver judge said Fish and Wildlife’s order granting the permit didn’t review possible routes to avoid O’Fallon’s Bluff, despite saying in its final environmental impact statement that running electrical lines over it would have “a long-term, high-intensity indirect (visual, auditory and atmospheric) effect.” Thousands of wagons on the Oregon-California Trail crossed the bluff from 1843 to 1866, cutting deep dips that remain today. It parallels Interstate 80 to the south between Sutherland and Hershey.
19 Jun 2020

Texas developers want to send wind to California

Developers of transmission projects that would send wind power from rural Wyoming and New Mexico to cities in California and Arizona made their cases at this year’s Western Planning Regions Annual Interregional Coordination Meeting on Feb. 27. ...Cost allocation remains a big question. The projects are merchant-driven and haven’t been fully embraced by CAISO and other planners yet, but developers think California’s ambitious climate policies will demonstrate their importance. “There’s been very little planning activity on these because of the absence of regional need seen through these projects.
9 Mar 2020

Investors say price ruling puts clean energy projects at risk

But commission chairman John Pierce said the current methodology created a price signal to encourage generators to build in better-connected areas to the grid. "For the market to operate effectively, prices and economic signals need to reflect the physics of what’s happening in the [energy grid]," he said. "Consumers shouldn’t have the cost of individual business decisions simply transferred to them."
28 Feb 2020

Why a Wisconsin clean energy power line may do more harm

Conservationists hoped the site would someday be added to Nelson Dewey’s former estate, now a state park. Or perhaps absorbed into the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, a meandering stretch of protected river bluffs and flood plains where migratory birds breed and bald eagles spend the winter. Instead, Wisconsin ratepayers — and others as far away as Michigan and downstate Illinois — could be forced to pay clout-heavy energy companies more than $1 billion for a new high-voltage power line that would start near the Dewey substation.
28 Feb 2020

Western Link HVDC outage caused record constraint management payments as wind power surged

The £1.3 billion Western Link was originally due to come online in 2015, but only began operating at full capacity in December 2019. The high cost of balancing the grid given the surge in wind power and the outage comes after The Times reported that in the first six months of 2020, £55.7 million was paid out in constraint payments, while in the whole of 2019 £130 million of constraint payments were made.
24 Feb 2020

Wind farm cables to be lengthened for reburial

Fugate said that if the PUC votes to have the companies pay for the project out of pocket, the decision would be litigated. In July 2019, however, Ørsted told The Block Island Times that it would pay for the re-installation and not pass the cost of the project off to the public. National Grid has stated to the paper in the past that the cost of reinstalling a section of its sea2shore cable might be shared by mainland and island ratepayers. 
6 Feb 2020

Connecticut joins others in blasting regional power grid operator

“Connecticut is plagued with some of the highest energy costs in the nation, and families and businesses simply cannot afford these bloated contracts,” Tong said in a statement released Thursday. “Restoring competition to this broken system could save ratepayers millions of dollars while also opening doors to improved energy efficiency and use of renewable technologies. ISO-NE has evaded the competitive bidding process, and this practice needs to end.”
3 Feb 2020

County council approves placement of electrical collection lines in right of way for proposed wind farm project

Vulcan County council has approved a licence to place electrical collection lines in Vulcan County’s right of way for a proposed 400 mega-watt (MW) wind farm in the Lomond area. The Jan. 15 decision came despite opposition from local landowners, expressed both verbally and in many letters provided at the meeting, and a petition against the Buffalo Plains wind farm.
31 Jan 2020

Ørsted asks again to begin testing soils in Wainscott for Wind farm cable route

After getting approval from the Town Board to dig test pits along the roadways last winter, the company shelved the work in what its president called a “gesture of good faith” toward Wainscott residents who have organized in opposition to the company’s proposal. Ørsted, which purchased Deepwater Wind and the South Fork Wind Farm in 2018, said on Friday that it has renewed its request to the town to proceed with the test digging in March.
29 Jan 2020

Grain Belt Express power line gets thumbs down in Missouri House

The Missouri House endorsed a plan Monday designed to stop a company from building a high-voltage electric transmission line across the northern part of the state. ...“The basis for this legislation is to stop any entity from having the power of eminent domain for the purpose of constructing an above-ground power line,” said Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, who sponsored the proposal.
27 Jan 2020

Idaho needs more power but parts of Oregon object

About 900 new plants, most of which produce renewable energy, were proposed last year, compared with 300 in 2004, said Glenn McGrath, an analyst with the federal agency. “Regardless of where you go, there’s always some issues—whether it’s bats, whether it’s birds, whether it’s wealthy landowners who don’t want their view interrupted,” said Dan Shreve, wind-energy research director at consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. “As a consequence, you see these initiatives drag on forever.”
30 Dec 2019

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