Monthly Project Review February 2014
Eight transmission projects were announced in February, representing just over $855m in investment, according to TransmissionHub data.
Nalcor Energy, headquartered in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, on Feb. 18 announced the $300m Churchill Falls to Flora Lake Project. The 134-mile, 230-kV Newfoundland project will be the third line between Churchill Falls and Labrador West. It is scheduled for operation in late 2016.
Along with the Nalcor Energy project, the California ISO approved a draft plan which included Arizona Public Service’s (APS) Delaney to Colorado River project. This 110-mile, 500-kV project will connect APS to Southern California Edison (SCE) within the same corridor as the existing Palo Verde-Colorado River line. The project is estimated to cost $359m and be energized in 2020.
Others include Appalachian Power’s Tazewell to Buchanan Area (20.3 miles, 138-kV) and McDowell Area Improvement projects (17 miles, 138-kV); American Electric Power’s (AEP) Esmeralda to Yucca (15 miles of 138-kV) project; and NSTAR Electric’s Barnstable to Harwich project (7.8 miles, 115-kV).
In other news, ATC’s $1.1bn Illinois River project was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission. The 375-mile, 345-kV line that spans from Palmyra, Mo., through Illinois to Sugar Creek, Ind., is expected online in 2019 with construction to start later this year. The project is a multi-value project (MVP) within the Midcontinent ISO.
Additionally, in February, ERCOT selected Cross Texas Transmission’s Limestone to Gibbons Creek to Zenith as the preferred project of the Houston Regional Import Capacity Project (HRICP). The project is estimated to cost $590m and be complete by June 2018. It involves 129.9 miles of 345-kV construction.