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Grid ‘seams’ still a challenge for long-distance transmission developers

Grid ‘seams’ still a challenge for long-distance transmission developers Almost a decade after FERC tried to smooth the path for transmission that crosses RTO seams, developers say little progress has been made. The Great Plains are blessed with huge wind energy potential but relatively little need for electricity. Meanwhile, cities to the east have lots … Continue reading Grid ‘seams’ still a challenge for long-distance transmission developers

Electric providers face concerned landowners as rehab of #NY’s aging power lines begins

Electric providers face concerned landowners as rehab of NY’s aging power lines begins New York State Electric & Gas is running into initial resistance in its attempt to improve transmission lines traversing three central New York counties. A battle is brewing across Broome, Cortland and Onondaga counties as property owners get early indications their land … Continue reading Electric providers face concerned landowners as rehab of #NY’s aging power lines begins

SPP CEO ‘very disappointed’ with #Colorado utility’s exit from Mountain West Transmission Group

SPP CEO ‘very disappointed’ with Colorado utility’s exit from Mountain West Transmission Group Southwest Power Pool CEO Nick Brown said Tuesday that Friday’s announcement by Xcel Energy unit Public Service Co. of Colorado that it was exiting Mountain West Transmission Group “caught us by a great deal of surprise and shock.” “I am very disappointed, … Continue reading SPP CEO ‘very disappointed’ with #Colorado utility’s exit from Mountain West Transmission Group

Foes doubt study that says power line would create 100+ jobs

Foes doubt study that says power line would create 100+ jobs A citizens campaign to stop a power line from being constructed in southern York County continues to gain momentum, regardless of a recently released economic study that supports the project’s economic impact. York and Franklin counties, as well as Harford County, Maryland, stand to … Continue reading Foes doubt study that says power line would create 100+ jobs

#AEP Settles Federal Issue by Reducing Transmission #ROE Rate

AEP Settles Federal Issue by Reducing Transmission ROE Rate American Electric Power has agreed to reduce its return on equity (ROE) rate for its transmission investments in six eastern states and will make a one-time $50 million refund to customers this year, the utility announced. If the settlement is approved by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, … Continue reading #AEP Settles Federal Issue by Reducing Transmission #ROE Rate

#Xcel_Energy ditches effort to join regional network as potential cost savings evaporate

Xcel Energy ditches effort to join regional network as potential cost savings evaporate Xcel Energy, the state’s largest utility, is pulling out of the Mountain West Transmission Group, which likely will derail an effort by Colorado utilities to join the Southwest Power Pool. “After much deliberation, Xcel Energy has determined that continued engagement in Mountain … Continue reading #Xcel_Energy ditches effort to join regional network as potential cost savings evaporate

New power lines approved as aging #Oxnard power plants ready for early exit

New power lines approved as aging Oxnard power plants ready for early exit The operator of the state’s electrical grid has approved new transmission lines in and around Ventura County that are expected to meet nearly all the electricity needs created by the demise of Oxnard’s aging power plants. A California Independent System Operator board … Continue reading New power lines approved as aging #Oxnard power plants ready for early exit

How FERC can spur modernization of the bulk power system

How FERC can spur modernization of the bulk power system Transmission technology vendors say their products could save electricity consumers billions — if utilities were incentivized to invest. The world’s largest machine needs an upgrade — and it’s costing consumers big money. America’s 7 million miles of transmission and distribution system wires, often called the … Continue reading How FERC can spur modernization of the bulk power system

PJM ‘s transmission needs are shifting due to flat #demand, changing #fuel_mix

PJM’s transmission needs are shifting due to flat demand, changing fuel mix The PJM Interconnection’s transmission needs are shifting away from large-scale, cross-system backbone projects toward smaller expansions and projects needed to maintain reliability when generators retire, according to a new report. “The $3.2 billion of baseline transmission investment approved during 2017 continues to reflect … Continue reading PJM ‘s transmission needs are shifting due to flat #demand, changing #fuel_mix

#New_England ’s power grid to change more with policy than with big project

New England’s power grid to change more with policy than with big project When it comes to New England’s electricity grid, people’s attention might be grabbed by the big hardware proposals – transmission lines, power plants, gas pipelines and the like – but in the near term, the things that will change it are a … Continue reading #New_England ’s power grid to change more with policy than with big project