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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. FERC accepts preliminary permit for 75-MW Snow River hydro project in Alaska

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of preliminary permit application accepted for filing related to the 75-MW Snow River hydro project being studied for Alaska.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  3. MidAmerican Completes Work on 120-mile MVP3 Line in Iowa

    MidAmerican Energy constructed 120 miles of high- voltage transmission line in Clay, Humboldt, Kossuth, O'Brien, Palo Alto and Webster counties.

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    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  4. ABB wins high voltage transmission contract for Chinese power grid

    The 1,000 mile long Ximeng-Taizhou and 764 mile long Shanghaimiao-Shandong 800 kV transmission links will deliver 25 percent more power  

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    Tue, 19 Apr 2016

  1. Hot Line Base Plate Eliminates Downtime During High-voltage Transmission Repair

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    Tue, 10 May 2016

  2. Xcel Energy Gets Go-Ahead for Huge Wind Project

    The Rush Creek Wind Project, with two generation sites and a 90-mile high- voltage transmission line tying into Xcel’s electric system, would be one of Colorado’s largest wind farms.

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    Mon, 3 Oct 2016

  3. TenneT completes acquisition of E.ON extra-high voltage transmission network

    TenneT Holding and E.ON AG have completed the sale of E.ON’s extra-high voltage transmission network.

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    Fri, 26 Feb 2010

  4. Safety equipment: Hot Line Base Plate eliminates downtime during high-voltage transmission repair

    Safety products: LineWise’s Hot Line Base Plate safely eliminates the need to shut down an entire transmission line when repairing a high-voltage structure.

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2015

  5. How Thermal Imagers Add Utility to Utility Inspections

    Thermal imagers now offer a wider range of sensitivities, resolutions and lenses that allow users to get precise thermal detail from targets as close as a few inches or up to a few hundred feet away—making them especially useful to utility workers who inspect all kinds of high voltage transmission ...

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    Tue, 7 Jun 2016

  6. Helicopters used to conduct transmission line inspections in Toledo Edison services area

    FirstEnergy Corp. is using helicopters to inspect high- voltage transmission lines across its Toledo Edison service area in northwestern Ohio.

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    Wed, 2 Mar 2016

  7. Transmission and distribution Navigant: High voltage transmission system investments to soar

    Major expansions to transmission systems are happening in all regions of the world, report finds. 

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    Fri, 15 Aug 2014

  8. Siemens grant to Clemson will benefit design, engineering

    Clemson students will have access to industry software used by high tech manufacturers worldwide

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    Fri, 4 Nov 2016

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