The Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved $1.4 billion in transmission upgrades requested by Central Maine Power, including a new 345 kV line to the New Hampshire border. The plan was a compromise settlement that also included non-transmission alternatives like demand response and energy efficiency in certain areas. You can read the official statement of
Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) announced a draft climate and energy bill today titled “The American Power Act.” The draft, which initially targets utilities only, puts limits on global warming pollution that aim to cut national greenhouse gas pollution levels 17 percent by 2020, and 83 percent by 2050. You can read
For those folks new to the issues surrounding clean energy transmission, this ten-part series from National Public Radio that ran last summer on the future of the U.S. electric power system provides a quick and well-done primer on some of the key topics. Check out the series here. The special series, titled “Power Hungry: Reinventing
Governor Schwarzenegger spoke to mark the completion of the first phase of the 250-mile Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project yesterday. He hailed the project, which will deliver up to 4,500 megawatts of renewable electricity to the Los Angeles metro area when completed in 2015, as the first transmission line in California built for the express purpose of unlocking renewable wind, solar, and geothermal resources.
On Thursday, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization that maintains and operates the electric grid across nine states, approved five “priority projects” that could form a model for future efforts to plan and share the cost of new transmission infrastructure. The projects, costing a total of $1.14 billion but delivering $3.7 billion
Bill White is Senior Vice President at David Gardiner and Associates Meeting steep carbon reduction goals will require profound and rapid changes in the ways we generate, distribute, and consume electricity. Energy efficiency, distributed generation, demand response, smart grid upgrades, and utility-scale renewable resources will all be needed at unprecedented levels. Enormous amounts of high
Thanks to funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, construction of a green power transmission line stretching from Lethbridge, Alberta in Canada, down to Great Falls, Mont., was put back on track after a bank failure. Currently under construction, the Montana-Alberta Tie Line, which is owned by Toronto-based Tonbridge Power, will connect the electricity
Leading labor unions joined environmental groups, renewable energy developers, electric utilities and other stakeholders recently in asking Senate leaders to strengthen authorities in S.1462, the American Clean Energy Leadership Act, to enable the construction of new power lines to bring renewable energy resources to market. New electric transmission is critical to developing America’s vast domestic