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  1. Renewable Energy: New Mexico grid linkup plan scaled back to $200M project

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A company that once planned a $1.5 billion effort in New Mexico to link three major U.S. electricity grid systems and pump more renewable energy to more populated markets said Wednesday that it has scaled down the plan to one that would cost about $200 million. The Tres Amigas electrical infrastructure development company provided details about its plan a day after New Mexico's State Land Office suggested that the project was dead with the relinquishment of a long-term lease covering thousands of acres of state trust land in eastern New Mexico where the company's high-voltage transmission hub was supposed to be built. Russell Stidolph, the company's chief financial officer, said advances in technology and changes in the project's business model have reduced the amount of money and land required for the project and that Tres Amigas has identified a significantly smaller parcel as a backup site. The company's focus, he said, remains a project to connect independently operated electrical grids and move renewable energy generated in the rural reaches of eastern new Mexico to western U.S. population centers, including California. "Tres Amigas is not abandoning our project," he said. Stidolph made the comments after New Mexico state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn said in a statement that he appreciated "Tres Amigas' efforts to help the country achieve its aggressive renewable energy goals, but they failed to meet certain benchmarks and abandoned their plan." The Rio Rancho-based company and the State Land Office both indicated they are open to negotiating a new lease. Land office spokeswoman Kristin Haase said Tres Amigas would have to go through a bid process again if it remains interested in another long-term lease. The company has not yet made a formal request, she said. The original project would have provided an average annual revenue stream to the State Land Office of more than $9 million, funds which could have been used to support public schools and other government facilities. The Tres Amigas project initially included plans for building a super hub across 22 square miles of rangeland near Clovis. It would have served as the meeting point for electric transmission interconnections that serving eastern and western halves of the U.S. and a separate grid that supplies Texas. The hub would have provided more opportunities for buying and selling electricity across the three grids. The transmission infrastructure around the project, if expanded, was planned to allow large-scale wind and solar projects in the Southwest and the Great Plains to access large power markets. The company said progress has been made on a 35-mile transmission line built just west of the Texas-New Mexico border as part of a partnership between Tres Amigas and San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group. The line will serve major wind farms being developed in the area.

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  2. Power cable subcontractors named for Tres Amigas SuperStation transmission hub

    American Superconductor Corporation announced that Korea’s LS Cable Ltd. and France’s Nexans have been selected as the superconductor power cable subcontractors for the Tres Amigas SuperStation a first-of-its-kind power transmission hub expected to link America’s three primary electric transmission ...

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    Tue, 23 Nov 2010

  3. Alstom tapped to provide HVDC converter assets for TresAmigas SuperStation

    Alstom Grid has been selected to provide their HVDC converter technology for the Tres Amigas SuperStation, a first-of-its-kind power transmission hub that will link America’s three primary electric transmission grids.

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    Thu, 21 Oct 2010

  4. Xtreme Power to provide energy storage for Tres Amigas SuperStation

    Xtreme Power has been selected as the energy storage provider for the Tres Amigas Superstation, the first U.S. renewable energy transmission hub .

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    Wed, 18 Aug 2010

  1. MOU signed for Yamal-Europe 2 gas pipeline

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    Fri, 5 Apr 2013

  2. New power transmission report shows April continues trend of new transmission

    New power transmission report shows April continues trend of new transmission. Over $1 billion of new transmission projects completed in 1Q13.

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    Tue, 21 May 2013

  3. Tres Amigas receives $12m investment from Mitsui

    Tres Amigas LLC, the US-based national grid interconnection project known as the Tres Amigas SuperStation, has confirmed that Mitsui & Company Limited is to invest $12 million in the project.

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2011

  4. Tres Amigas announces $12MM investment from Mitsui

    Mitsui & Co., Ltd., has agreed to invest $12 million in the U.S.-based national grid interconnection project known as the Tres Amigas to further internationalize their “Smart Green Information Technology” business model.

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2011

  5. OG&E power transmission line energized between OKC and Woodward

    OG&E has energized its new transmission line between Woodward and Oklahoma City, opening an intended pathway for wind power produced in northwestern Oklahoma.

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    Wed, 7 Apr 2010

  6. Secretary of Interior flips switch to solar farm built on public land

    Located 40 miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada, Silver State North is a 50-MW plant that will use photovoltaic technology to generate enough power for about 9,000 Nevada homes

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    Tue, 8 May 2012

  7. Smart Grid superstation build in New Mexico

    Alstom Grid, a division of Alstom Power, was awarded a contract worth around $200 million to deliver a 750 MW, 345 kV Direct Current converter scheme and automation technology, as well as high availability system maintenance services, for the first stage of the Tres Amigas SuperStation project in ...

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    Thu, 21 Apr 2011

  8. Alstom Grid to provide Tres Amigas with first-of-its-kind Smart Grid SuperStation

    Alstom Grid wins contract to deliver HVDC converter, Automation technology and high availability system maintenance services for the first stage of the Tres Amigas SuperStation project in New Mexico.

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    Thu, 21 Apr 2011

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