FERC provided an update April 20 of transmission projects completed in March in the United States, noting that about 8 miles of transmission were completed, compared to about 88 miles in March 2011.
According to FERC’s March energy infrastructure update, about 8 miles of less than or equal to 230-kV lines were completed last month, with no miles of 345-kV or 500-kV lines completed, compared to about 37 miles of 345-kV and about 1 mile of 500-kV lines completed in March 2011. About 49 miles of less than or equal to 230-kV lines were completed in March 2011.
From January to March, about 87 miles of transmission projects have been completed in the U.S., with about 8 miles of those being less than or equal to 230-kV lines and 79 miles being 500-kV transmission lines.
FERC also said that of the about 23,751 miles of proposed transmission projects in the U.S. to be in-service by March 2014, about 13,046 miles have a high probability of completion.
FERC said the majority of projects with a proposed in-service date by March 2014 are in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, while most of the projects with a high probability of being completed by March 2014 are in the Texas Reliability Entity.
Among electric transmission highlights, FERC noted that American Transmission Company completed the 138-kV, approximately 8-mile Canal-Dunn Road transmission line in Wisconsin three months ahead of schedule with a final cost estimate of $15.8m.
Furthermore, New York Public Service Commission staff announced a schedule for evidentiary hearings and deadlines for briefs to be filed regarding Transmission Developers Inc.’s proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express that would conclude in the fall. FERC said a final decision on the $2bn, 333-mile underground electric transmission line that will connect Quebec to New York City is expected in late fall.
FERC also noted that the construction of the interstate, $3.5bn, 800-mile HVDC Plains and Eastern Clean Line is expected to begin in 2014 and end in 2017. The project, FERC said, would allow wind energy from western Oklahoma to flow into the Tennessee Valley Authority; the project will cross Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.