Monthly Project Review March 2015

According to TransmissionHub data, $152m worth of new projects were announced in March, including two new projects by Appalachian Power Company (APCo).

One of the projects that APCo announced is the Bland Area Improvements Project, which involves a new 26-mile, 138-kV transmission line that will help improve reliability in Bland, Va. The project’s estimated cost is $90m, with an in-service date of late 2018.

The second project that APCo announced is the Tazewell to Bearwallow 138-kV Rebuild, which involves rebuilding an approximately 12.5-mile, 138-kV transmission line to ensure continued reliability in Tazewell County, Va. The project has an estimated cost of $38m, and is expected to be energized by summer 2017. APCo is a subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).

AEP Ohio, also a subsidiary of AEP, announced the new South Caldwell to Macksburg project in central Ohio. The project involves a new eight-mile, 138-kV transmission line that will serve the greater planned Marietta Area Improvement Project in Noble county, Ohio. The project will improve reliability in the region at a cost of $24m, with a completion date of late 2017.

One project was energized in March as American Transmission Company (ATC) announced that it had completed its Paris-Albers Rebuild Project in central Wisconsin. The project was built to replace the existing transmission infrastructure and had a final cost of approximately $11.5m.

Various projects saw changes in March as well. For instance, AEP Ohio received approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for two of its projects. The first was the Biers Run to Circleville project, which involves a new 19-mile, 138-kV transmission line that will help improve grid reliability in south central Ohio. The project has an estimated cost of $23m, and a scheduled completion date of spring 2017.

The second project approved by the OPSB was the Biers Run to Hopetown to Delano project, which involves a new $16m, 11.5-mile, 138-kV transmission line. The project has an expected completion date of fall 2016.

ATC received approval from the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin for its Badger Coulee Transmission line Project, which involves a new $580m, 180-mile, 345-kV transmission line. The purpose of the line is to address electric system reliability issues, while also providing economic savings and support of renewable energy in the area. The project has a completion date of late 2018.

Entergy Texas received approval from the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) for its planned 14-mile, 230-kV Hartburg to Chisholm Road project. The $55.5m transmission line will address overload concerns in Orange County, Texas. The project has an in-service date of summer 2017. Entergy Texas is a subsidiary of Entergy (NYSE:ETR).

Electric Transmission Texas (ETT) and the PUCT agreed upon the preferred route for ETT’s Barney Davis to Naval Base project. The selected 7.7-mile, 138-kV option of the project will address reliability concerns in the region. The approximately $65.6m project is expected to be completed by late 2016.

The PUCT also approved the Luce Bayou Line, sponsored by Sam Houston Electric Cooperative. The nine-mile, 138-kV transmission line is being built to provide redundant service for the proposed Capers Ridge pump station in Liberty County, Texas. The project has an estimated cost of $19.5m, with an in-service date of late 2017.

Liberty Utilities received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission for its planned North Lake Tahoe Upgrade project. The 25-mile, 120-kV transmission line is one of three planned phases to address growth in the Lake Tahoe region. The project has an expected final cost of $46.3m, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Liberty Utilities is a subsidiary of Algonquin Power and Utilities (TSX:AQN).

Finally, Metropolitan Edison received approval by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for its planned Hosensack to Three Mile Island Loop project. The project involves a new two-mile, 500-kV transmission loop to address reliability issues in the region. The project has an estimated cost of $5.5m, and is expected to be energized by summer 2017. Metropolitan Edison is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE).