FERC: Zero miles of transmission line complete in October

FERC said in its October energy infrastructure update, released on Nov. 13, that no miles of transmission projects were completed in October, compared to 26 miles completed in October 2011.

FERC also said that from January to October – 2012 cumulative – 366.2 miles of less than or equal to 230-kV lines were completed, compared to 929.3 miles completed from January to December 2011.

For 345-kV lines, 654.8 miles were completed from January to October, compared to 516.5 miles from January to December 2011.

Also, 170.1 miles of 500-kV lines were completed from January to October, compared to 262 miles completed from January to December 2011.

Furthermore, FERC said a total of 1,191.1 miles of transmission line were completed from January to October, compared to a total of 1,707.8 miles of line from January to December 2011.

FERC also updated its estimate for the projects proposed to be in service by October 2014 that have a high probability of completion, saying that 11,468 miles of transmission line have a high probability of completion, out of 21,885.9 total miles.

A highlight, FERC said, was ITC Holdings (NYSE:ITC) submitting the ITC Great Plains Expansion Project to the Southwest Power Pool. The plan consists of five 345-kV transmission projects totaling 2,700 miles.

FERC also noted that the 500-kV, 145-mile Susquehanna to Roseland line by PPL (NYSE:PPL) subsidiary PPL Electric Utilities and Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG) subsidiary Public Service Electric and Gas received a final route approval from the National Park Service (NPS).

The project faced another delay when EarthJustice and other environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the NPS for approving the route that crosses 4.3 miles of NPS land, FERC said.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.