Monthly Project Review January 2014

Three new transmission projects were announced in January, representing just over $232m of investment, and one project was completed, according to TransmissionHub.

Among the new projects is the Mora Line, sponsored by Lucky Corridor. The project involves 102 miles of 115-kV line in New Mexico and will deliver power generated by the planned Gallegos Wind Farm, which is under construction. Estimated to cost $67m, the project is expected online in early 2017.

The Northern Maine Reliability Tie, sponsored by New Hampshire Transmission, is a 26-mile, 345-kV project estimated to cost $59.4m. The reliability project is expected to improve access to the ISO-New England market.

The San Luis Transmission Project, sponsored by Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) and Sierra Nevada involves 62 miles of 230-kV line in California. The estimated cost is $106m. WAPA officials are assembling a draft environmental impact statement, which a spokesperson said on Jan. 22 would be issued in 12 to 16 months.

NV Energy late on Dec. 31, 2013, energized its $552m ON Line Project. The project connects the northern and southern territories of subsidiaries Sierra Pacific Power Co. and Nevada Power Co., respectively.

The ON Line project was the first transmission project to get DOE American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. The 235-mile, 500-kV project is part of the southern portion of the Southwest Intertie Project (SWIP), sponsored by Great Basin Transmission (LS Power), which when complete will run from Idaho to southern Nevada. Construction started in 2011.

In other news, Lucky Corridor announced the possible redesign of the 130 mile, $260m Lucky Corridor Transmission Project from 230-kV to 345-kV.

The PPL Electric Utilities Northeast Pocono Reliability Project was approved on Jan. 9 by the Pennsylvania PUC. The project is estimated to cost $260m and is scheduled to enter service near the end of 2017.

Southwestern Electric Power’s Shipe Road to Kings River project was approved by the Arkansas PSC on Jan. 17. The 56-mile, 345-kV project is estimated to cost $123m and is scheduled to enter service by mid-year 2016.

Appalachian Power’s Cloverdale Expansion Project was approved by the Virginia SCC on Jan. 24 and is expected online by year-end 2016.