Articles filed under Transmission

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

Wind power transmission in Torrance County gets federal approval

The new “high voltage, wind energy tariff,” means Pattern would pay for the line as a “separate and discrete class of ratepayer,” apart from commercial and retail ratepayers, Casana said. “The cost for the line will be entirely borne by the wind farm.” The Western Spirit line would transmit 1,300 megawatts of electricity at 345-kilovolts of AC, according to project data.
25 Nov 2019

PRC greenlights PNM purchase of transmission line

Although no more regulatory hurdles remain, Pattern and RETA must finish negotiating right-of-way agreements with landowners along the transmission line route, which will run in a U-shape that begins at PNM’s existing main line near Clines Corners in Torrance County. From there, it runs south toward Corona, then west to the Rio Grande, and finally back north again to PNM’s Pajarito substation on the West Mesa, west of Albuquerque.
5 Oct 2019

Power grid issues, and 'wind fatigue'

Notably, a wind farm project to be located in southern Burleigh County was shelved because of local opposition. And that’s led some to conclude there is “wind fatigue.”Allete Clean Energy of Duluth is a major player in the development of wind farms. "I think there is infrastructure fatigue, broadly," said Allete president Al Ruedick. "We've seen the same in the oil patch, in terms of pipeline, trucks and traffic."
23 Sep 2019

Property question prompts latest challenge to Grain Belt Express

The appeal by the Missouri Landowners Association hinges on whether cash and easements should satisfy a requirement that companies own property in the state. It’s the latest legal hurdle for the long-embattled transmission project. If built, the Grain Belt Express would move as much as 4,000 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to the Indiana border. 
5 Sep 2019

Edgartown, Vineyard Wind double-down

Edgartown conservation agent Jane Varkonda told The Times Edgartown didn’t receive the August 5 superseding order of conditions from the commonwealth in a timely manner. Varkonda said she learned by happenstance the decision had been made during a conversation with a state official. Upon learning Edgartown was without the decision, the official sent it.
28 Aug 2019

Texas heat wave exposes energy grid challenges

Amid bargain-basement prices for gas, there hasn't yet been an incentive for the state's power market to build anything other than natural gas plants, wind and solar resources. But wind is intermittent, and the wind died down during the height of this month's heat wave, ERCOT found itself with even fewer sources of electricity. ..."when wind gets to be a substantial part of the power system, if you don't have good connections with neighboring systems, that can really get you into a lot of trouble in maintaining system stability." 
19 Aug 2019

Crossed wires: Wisconsin transmission proposal sparks debate over best path to 100% clean energy

"There is not sufficient evidence of record for this Commission to definitively conclude that the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) transmission line project is the highest priority energy option that is also cost effective and technically feasible as required by Wisconsin law," Wellinghoff, now the CEO of Grid Policy, Inc., a distributed energy consulting group, wrote in his testimony to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. 
8 Aug 2019

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