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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.
The government's Long-Term Energy Plan calls for the spending of $2 billion on transmission grid upgrades, including three southwestern Ontario projects the plan says should be in place by 2017 to make room for new green energy projects. The upgrades and new line west of London are to be completed by 2014, according to the plan.
Hydro Quebec, NStar and Northeast Utilities are working on the Northern Pass project with the Patrick administration's support. Project organizers say the new line could provide another 1,200 megawatts of hydro electricity, enough to power nearly a million houses. The project is still in early engineering and study phases, with the goal of wrapping up in 2015, the Northern Pass website says.
"What we are trying to do is meet the regional's state's goals to provide a renewable energy source to New Hampshire and New England." But despite its worthy goals, the project has caused a furor in The North Country. ...Russ Johnson is a Columbia resident. "We the people of Northern New Hampshire don't want you. We don't want you defiling our landscape and our economy by forcing your way over our forests and mountains and homes and we will fight you every step of the way."
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.
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.
LeBlanc said the premiers have done well in selling their energy message in New England. "But it's not as simple as saying, 'We're here. Come buy from us.' ...New England states want to have energy independence and grow their energy supply in-house.
The company has filed a condemnation complaint on the Salois land to gain access it says is needed for the greater good, but Larry Salois is digging in his heels. He disputes the claim that the project is in the public interest, and he isn't sure whether Tonbridge, which is a for-profit private company based in a foreign country, even has the right to condemn the land. "I'm going to do my best to keep 'em outside of the fence for as long as I can," Salois said.
The Atlantic provinces cannot reap the full potential of their wind power industries without upgrading the regional electrical transmission grid, says the president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. "You can't tap the full potential without new investments in transmission, no, absolutely not," said Robert Hornung in an interview on Friday.
On Tuesday, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia announced they would explore building new transmission lines between the two provinces, which would more than double the amount of electricity that can be shared between them. A similar expansion of capacity between centrally located New Brunswick and the northeastern United States could give the Maritimes access to a lucrative energy market.
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Power Inc. has started initial planning for a multi-million dollar second electrical inter-tie between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which could see the Bluenose province obtain power from a possible second reactor at Point Lepreau.
Nova Scotia Power says a new power line may be necessary to import and export electricity as more power will be generated from renewable sources. "Anticipated changes in generation in Nova Scotia such as increased wind power may require reinforcement of the provincial (power transmission system)," the company says.
A merchant nuclear reactor in New Brunswick would face a market south of the border where renewable energy is favoured and the power supply is poised to exceed demand for at least the next nine years. ...The recession has reduced the load somewhat and it's unclear how much demand will return, he said.
Wind developers won a victory Tuesday when the operators of the Midwest's largest regional electrical grid abandoned a proposal to make them pay up to 20 percent of the cost of new high-voltage transmission projects to deliver renewable energy. The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator on Tuesday unveiled to a large group of utilities, developers, energy generators and transmission line owners its latest proposal to share the costs.
The president for Canadian energy giant TransCanada Corp. said last week he still hopes to develop a major power line to transport wind power out of Montana, although so far it has failed to get enough bids to finance the line.
An Oshawa-based power supplier says the province turned its back on the local green energy industry and is giving a South Korean-based company special treatment in an energy deal announced Thursday. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that the province negotiated an agreement with the consortium of Samsung C&T Corp. and the state-owned Korean Power Electric Corp.