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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 Transmission: Keep loved ones – and metallic balloons – close to your heart

    In addition to disrupting electric service, metallic balloons contacting power transmission lines can create a public safety risk.

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    Tue, 14 Feb 2017

  3. Natural Gas Pipeline: Early-morning pipeline explosion lights up South Texas sky

    A natural gas pipeline has exploded in South Texas, in a fiery display that lit up the sky and could be seen for miles.

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    Thu, 16 Feb 2017

  4. Utility Company: Teton Village without power after storm downs power lines

    A wind storm is suspected of downing 17 steel utility poles along the Moose-Wilson Road on Tuesday night, causing a power outage in Teton County that could last for several days and forcing the closure of a popular ski resort.

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    Fri, 10 Feb 2017

  1. Solar Power: US utilities seek sun as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels

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    Tue, 7 Feb 2017

  2. 1Derrick US M&A weekly update

    1Derrick gives OGFJ readers a snapshot of oil and gas industry M&A activity for the week of January 23rd to January 27 th .

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  3. Work to resume at 60-MW Upper Trishuli 3A hydropower plant in Nepal

    Work is expected to resume in the near future at the headworks for the 60-MW Upper Trishuli 3A hydropower project located on the Trishuli River in the Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts of Bagmati zone in central Nepal, according to published reports.  

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  4. Transmission Line : High-voltage powerline plan threads route through SW Idaho

    Federal officials have released a plan for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho that avoid sage grouse habitat and private land, but cross about 9 miles of a conservation area for raptors.

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    Mon, 10 Oct 2016

  5. Transmission lines : TVA identifies preferred route for transmission line

    Transmission and distribution: The Tennessee Valley Authority (YVA) has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line in Lebanon, Tenn. The 5-mile transmission line would provide additional power for industrial growth by connecting to a new Middle Tennessee Electric Membership ...

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    Wed, 15 Jan 2014

  6. HCDC transmission line , hydropower on Trump admin wish list

    It was not known what financial impact the Trump administration could offer since the Plains & Eastern Clean Line is considered a private investment

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    Thu, 26 Jan 2017

  7. Emera moves forward on proposed Atlantic Link submarine transmission line

    Emera Inc. has initiated a solicitation process for energy to be bundled with transmission capacity on its proposed Atlantic Link submarine electricity transmission project.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  8. Idaho power transmission line plan tries to avoid private property

    A proposal for two high-voltage transmission lines crossing southwestern Idaho that faced opposition from private property owners has been altered to instead cross more of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

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    Mon, 28 Mar 2016

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