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  1. Oregon council sites 399 MW Saddle Butte wind power project

    The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council issued a final order for a site certificate for Saddle Butte Wind at its Nov. 3 meeting, with the site certificate then executed on Nov. 17. Under this approval, wind farm construction must begin by Nov. 17, 2019, and be completed by Nov. 17, 2022. The facility will be located in Gilliam and Morrow counties, about 20 miles south of the Columbia River between Eightmile Canyon and State Highway 74. The transmission line will be located within an existing 230-kV transmission corridor and will use structures previously approved for the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm (now known as Shepherds Flat North, Shepherds Flat Central and Shepherds Flat South). Saddle Butte Wind is a unit of Columbia Wind, which is a unit of Caithness Energy. The Saddle Butte Wind Park and related and supporting facilities are to be located on about 13,555 acres in Gilliam and Morrow counties. This project will have an average electric generating capacity of up to 133 MW and a maximum generating capacity of up to 399 MW. It includes up to 133 wind turbines. Each wind turbine would have a generating capacity of about 1.6 MW to 3.0 MW. Related and supporting facilities include: a power collection system; up to two collector substations; up to 21.5 miles of single or double‐circuit above-ground 230‐kV transmission lines; up to six permanent meteorological (met) towers; up to two operations and maintenance (O&M) buildings; supervisory and data acquisition systems (SCADA) and lines, on each turbine; up to 30 miles of new road; and, temporary construction areas. The power collection system includes up to 158 miles of mostly underground 34.5 kV collector lines that transport power from each turbine to the collector substations. There are up to two collector substations located within the site boundary, one in the northern turbine layout area and one in the southern turbine layout area. The substation transformers are to convert the 34.5 kV power from the collection system to 230 kV for transmission to the Bonneville Power Administration’s Slatt Substation and to the regional transmission system. This project dates back to a notice of intent to apply from the company filed with the council in 2009, and a preliminary application lodged in 2012.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  2. FERC Order 1000 is working slowly, but it is working

    Panelist David DesLauriers, director, Black & Veatch Management Consulting, noted that all of the regions have their regional plans approved by FERC

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  3. Clean Line Energy CEO: Staying the course critical for HVDC wind transmission projects

    Once work actually begins, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will be the United States’ first long-distance overhead high voltage direct current transmission line constructed in more than 20 years. 

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  4. MidAmerican Energy completes 71-mile Iowa transmission line

    The line spans 71 miles in northeast Iowa from Hampton to a location just east of Waterloo, the company said

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    Thu, 10 Nov 2016

  1. IFC loans Kenya US$55 million for small hydropower plants

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  2. New Mexico electric utility to seek another rate increase

    New Mexico's largest electric provider will be asking state regulators to consider another rate increase for customers in December

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  3. Utility Company: New Mexico electric utility to seek another rate increase

    New Mexico's largest electric provider will be asking state regulators to consider another rate increase for customers in December.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  4. Tradewind Energy developing 340 MW of wind power in Iowa

    The English wind project is located about 60 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa in the high-yielding corn and soybean farmlands of Poweshiek County

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  5. Illinois Supreme Court to hear case on Illinois clean energy infrastructure

    Private investment in Illinois’ energy infrastructure is in question

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

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

    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.

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    Thu, 17 Nov 2016

  7. 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

  8. Army Corps of Engineers defers Dakota Access decision for more talks

    The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it completed its study of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline project and will conduct further discussions and analysis before reaching a decision on whether to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross Lake Oahe in North Dakota near Standing Sioux ...

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    Tue, 15 Nov 2016

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