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  1. Minnesota Power scores final needed approval for Great Northern grid project

    Editor's Note: This content was originally featured on  GenerationHub.com . GenerationHub.com is a sister site of HydroWorld.com that covers power generation in a number of renewable and non-renewable forms. Minnesota Power said Nov. 16 that its Great Northern Transmission Line received federal approval that same day when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Presidential Permit for this power line into Canada that will allow the utility to wheel in hydropower from Manitoba Hydro. The Presidential Permit is the final major regulatory approval needed before construction can begin. It is required because the transmission line will cross the international border between Manitoba and Minnesota and connect with Manitoba Hydro ’s companion Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project, which picks up at the international border and connects into the Manitoba Hydro system. The DOE issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project in October 2015. The Presidential Permit approval is the final step in a four-year process that included comprehensive agency review and voluntary community engagement by Minnesota Power, a utility company of ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE). “I would like to thank Congressman Rick Nolan, Congressman Collin Peterson, Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the Red Lake Nation for their strong support of the project and advocacy to the DOE,” said ALLETE Chairman, President and CEO Al Hodnik. “These informed and active partners were key to reaching final federal approval of this clean energy milestone.” Hodnik added: “The Great Northern Transmission Line is a crucial link in Minnesota Power’s EnergyForward strategy of balancing renewable and traditional energy sources. Minnesota Power already has exceeded Minnesota’s 25 percent renewable standard, and is well-positioned to meet future decreased carbon emissions goals." Construction is expected to begin in early 2017 on the 500-kV line that will deliver 383 MW of renewable hydropower purchased from Manitoba Hydro to Minnesota Power’s customers beginning in 2020. “Minnesota Power’s early work with landowners, community members, and tribal and government representatives paved the way to this permit. Through extensive meetings with stakeholders and open houses, the project development process led to the best route,” said Brad Oachs, Minnesota Power chief operating officer. The Great Northern Transmission Line will optimize and balance the renewable resources of wind and hydropower by creating synergy between Minnesota Power’s 500-MW wind farm in North Dakota and Manitoba Hydro’s system of dams and reservoirs in Canada. Under power purchase agreements between the two companies and approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Manitoba Hydro can reduce the flow of water through its hydro generators when there is excess wind power from Minnesota Power’s North Dakota wind farm. When winds are light or calm, Manitoba Hydro can release more water—stored while the wind was blowing—through its dams and increase its hydropower production. The approved 224-mile route will cross the border between the U.S. and Canada in Roseau County in northern Minnesota, about three miles east of Minnesota Highway 89. The line will run to an expanded Blackberry electric substation east of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The route passes through Roseau, Lake of the Woods, and Koochiching and Itasca counties in Minnesota and largely follows Minnesota Power's preferred route, including the critical international border crossing. Minnesota Power estimates the total cost of the project will be between $560 million and $710 million, with the company’s portion of the cost estimated between $300 million and #350 million. Minnesota Power provides electric service within a 26,000-square-mile area in Northeastern Minnesota.

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    Thu, 17 Nov 2016

  2. Invenergy wants power line to connect Long Island to wind, solar power

    This grid project provides access to four new wind and two new solar farms

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  3. Honeywell smart grid tech to help Minnesota coop manage energy consumption

    The system also provides two-way connectivity for additional energy management measures

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  4. Con Edison picks Smart Grid Solutions for smart meter project

    Nearly 3.9 million electric meters and 1.3 million gas meters are involved

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  1. German power link to treble in cost due to public resistance

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  2. GE unit to auction transmission capacity from its smart grid project

    General Electric unit GE Energy Financial Services announced today that it will auction 315 MW of bi-directional electricity transfer capacity across its Linden Variable Frequency Transformer smart grid project  

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    Wed, 25 Mar 2015

  3. Elster powers smart grid project for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

    The NHEC smart grid project will begin in the summer of 2011 and run through the end of 2012

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    Thu, 24 Feb 2011

  4. Glendale Water & Powers Smart Grid Project among best in the nation

    Glendale Water & Power’s Smart Grid Project receives some of the highest customer scores among utilities responding to the Smart Grid Maturity Model Survey

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    Fri, 29 Jul 2011

  5. A123 wins order for UKs largest Smart Grid project

    Battery energy storage solutions manufacturer A123 Systems will deliver six Grid Battery Systems (GBS) to the UK's largest smart grid project to provide load shifting and voltage fluctuation management capabilities for the country's electric grid.

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    Mon, 13 Feb 2012

  6. India sanctions smart grid project

    India's Union Power Ministry sanctioned $6.3 million to pilot the smart grid project to make power distribution efficient and reliable in the state

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    Mon, 13 Aug 2012

  7. Alstom selected for Hawaii Smart Grid project

    Alstom Grid has been selected to provide its e-terradistribution Integrated Distribution Management System (IDMS) for Maui Electric Company's (MECO) Smart Grid demonstration project ("Maui Smart Grid Project ") in Hawaii.

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    Thu, 26 Apr 2012

  8. Saft to become partner in French NICE GRID project

    Saft has announced that it will act as a first-rank partner for the energy storage component of Frances NICE GRID project that aims to design the power grid of the future.

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    Fri, 29 Jul 2011

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