Articles filed under Transmission from USA

CMP presses transmission upgrade plan

Central Maine Power Co. is renewing its push to win approval for a controversial $1.5 billion upgrade to its transmission system, arguing that failure to move ahead soon will cost Maine jobs and money and make the state more vulnerable to blackouts. ...The PUC staff concluded that electricity use fell sharply during the recession and won't return to levels CMP was projecting for 2007 until 2018.
17 Dec 2009

How will power deal affect grid access?

Many aspects of the sale of NB Power have both angered and confused people, but none it seems more so than the issue of access to the grid post-sale. The New Brunswick government says nothing will change, while the premiers of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have said the sale will effectively block their access to New England and others have expressed concerns it will end the province's forays into green energy.
15 Dec 2009

How will power deal affect grid access?

Many aspects of the sale of NB Power have both angered and confused people, but none it seems more so than the issue of access to the grid post-sale. The New Brunswick government says nothing will change, while the premiers of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have said the sale will effectively block their access to New England and others have expressed concerns it will end the province's forays into green energy.
15 Dec 2009

Battle lines drawn over San Luis Valley electric-transmission plans

The red and white dotted line snaking 146 miles across a map of Colorado could be a path to a new energy economy or a scar on the state's spectacular landscape. That string of dots - a proposed new high-voltage transmission line into the San Luis Valley - also is pitting utilities, agricultural and business interests against an amalgam of community groups and landowners, from a goat herder to a billionaire hedge-fund manager. It is a battle that may be fought across Colorado, as the state needs $2 billion in new transmission lines to tap into wind and solar power, according to a state task force. And it is a clash running across the West.
13 Dec 2009

Battle lines drawn over San Luis Valley electric-transmission plans

The red and white dotted line snaking 146 miles across a map of Colorado could be a path to a new energy economy or a scar on the state's spectacular landscape. That string of dots - a proposed new high-voltage transmission line into the San Luis Valley - also is pitting utilities, agricultural and business interests against an amalgam of community groups and landowners, from a goat herder to a billionaire hedge-fund manager. It is a battle that may be fought across Colorado, as the state needs $2 billion in new transmission lines to tap into wind and solar power, according to a state task force. And it is a clash running across the West.
13 Dec 2009

'Backbone' power line pushed for wind farms

U.S. offshore wind farm projects, all still on the drawing board, are being planned to include cables from the turbines to a substation on land to bring the power to the existing transmission grid. The "backbone" power line the governors envision would connect the wind farms to each other, making it easier to spread wind power from areas where the wind is blowing robustly at that moment to states where electricity demand exceeds supply.
6 Dec 2009

Panel remains stymied on rules for energy corridor proposals

Maine's attempt to create clear rules to guide multibillion-dollar energy corridor projects through the state came up short Wednesday, because of deep philosophical divisions that foreshadow debate next year in the Legislature. The impasse came during the final meeting of a 13-member study panel. The group was formed by the Legislature to recommend rules to give Maine the maximum benefit from proposed electricity, gas and petroleum corridors.
3 Dec 2009

NM report says transmission key to renewable power

New Mexico has huge potential to produce electricity from renewable sources but a small window to develop transmission lines to deliver that power to customers, a lawmaker said Tuesday after listening to a report on the issue. The state Renewable Energy Transmission Authority presented its first statewide transmission report to an interim legislative committee.
1 Dec 2009

Transmission line key to wind farms

A proposed project to build a high-voltage transmission line between Woodward and the Panhandle is expected to help Oklahoma harness one of its most recognizable assets: the wind that comes sweeping down the plain. Jaime McAlpine, president of Chermac Energy Corp. in Edmond, said the project is a necessary one if developers are going to build more wind farms in the state.
1 Dec 2009

Major power line project advances

NV Energy's plan to construct a power transmission line from Ely to Las Vegas and connect it to the line that reaches north from Ely to Boulder Valley has cleared another step toward project approval. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Ely office has released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement on the proposed One Nevada Line, also called ON Line, and is accepting public comment through Jan. 8. ...The line opens "a pathway for renewable energy currently inaccessible in northern and eastern Nevada."
30 Nov 2009

Power lines: Lack of capacity hinders wind energy projects

The heated debate in Jefferson County over the location of a proposed transmission line carrying power from a wind farm on Galloo Island is emblematic of the problem confronting wind power development nationwide. Building the wind farms, as controversial as they may be, is one thing; getting the power to the electric grid is another. And that is proving to be the weak link in the push for wind as an alternate energy source.
29 Nov 2009

GridSolar plan still a good alternative

Maine faces two starkly different choices about the future of its electrical system. On one hand is a plan by Central Maine Power to spend $1.5 billion on massive upgrades to the electric grid. This would make CMP's current "dumb grid" even bigger and dumber; ...On the other hand is an alternative proposal by GridSolar to build a smarter grid; one that is based on energy efficiency and clean, renewable power generated right here in Maine.
29 Nov 2009

Power lines: Lack of capacity hinders wind energy projects

The heated debate in Jefferson County over the location of a proposed transmission line carrying power from a wind farm on Galloo Island is emblematic of the problem confronting wind power development nationwide. Building the wind farms, as controversial as they may be, is one thing; getting the power to the electric grid is another. And that is proving to be the weak link in the push for wind as an alternate energy source.
29 Nov 2009

Bureaucracy trips up renewable energy projects

California's renewable power boom is off to a slower start than planned. Delays have hit more than half of the big solar, wind and geothermal energy projects under development throughout the state, according to a recent government report. They're still moving forward, but not at the pace their developers expected. As a result, California probably won't meet its goal of getting 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2010.
27 Nov 2009

500-plus sign canyon petition; Residents opposed to power lines

A petition asking the Texas Legislature to pass a law that would prohibit high-voltage power lines in the northern end of Palo Duro Canyon continues to grow with 522 signatures late Wednesday. The petition, posted online at www.protectcanyon.com on Sept. 16, is now the focus of a group called Protect North Palo Duro Canyon which is led by members of the Currie family, who own land along the route proposed by Sharyland Utilities.
26 Nov 2009

Controversial power line could be approved soon

State public utility commissioners may approve a Southern California Edison plan to run five miles of a high-voltage wind-energy power line through city neighborhoods as soon as Thursday. The news comes after a contentious meeting between city and Edison officials ...Councilman Ed Graham, who was disappointed Public Utility Commission members had not asked for a formal review of the city's planned route, expressed pessimism after watching the meeting.
26 Nov 2009

County pushes underwater route

Jefferson County legislators will consider Tuesday asking that the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm transmission line be run completely underwater to Oswego County, rather than running over 20 miles of land in southern Jefferson County. Legislator Barry M. Ormsby, R-Belleville, said he's going to offer a resolution to ask the Public Service Commission to "give serious consideration to the aquatic line versus the above-land option." ...On Friday, Upstate NY Power said it will investigate the underwater route further.
21 Nov 2009

Study of energy corridors beset by complications

Supporters of liquefied natural gas terminals have thrown a late snag into what has been an orderly process to create rules for developing multibillion-dollar energy corridors in Maine. LNG representatives want to extend the current moratorium on energy corridors and create a government commission to do more reviews. Their proposal was filed late last week with the special study group already debating policy for energy corridors.
17 Nov 2009

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