Monthly Project Review August 2015

Nearly $389.4m worth of new projects were announced in August, according to TransmissionHub data.

Four new transmission projects were announced during August. American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) revealed plans to construct a new two-mile, 138-kV transmission line in West Virginia. Dubbed the Sophia Area Improvement project, it will involve upgrading the existing 45-kV lines to 138-kV standards to address load growth. The project has a cost estimate of $3.5m and a completion date of summer 2017.

PPL Electric Utilities announced the new Lackawanna Energy Center Project, which involves a new four-mile, 230-kV line that will interconnect the planned Lackawanna power plant. The new transmission line has an estimated cost of $21.2m, and an in-service date of summer 2017. PPL Electric Utilities is a subsidiary of PPL (NYSE:PPL).

Duke Energy Carolinas announced a new 45-mile, 230-kV transmission line that will interconnect the planned Ashville, N.C., gas-powered power plant. The project is called the Foothills Transmission Line and has an estimated cost of $320m. Duke Energy Carolinas expects to energize the line by the end of 2019 to coincide with the power plant’s completion. Duke Energy Carolinas is a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK).

Delmarva Power and Light is planning to construct the new Piney Grove to Wattsville Project between the Maryland and Virginia border. The project involves a new 31-mile, 138-kV transmission line to address grid reliability in the region. The cost estimate of the project is $44.7m, and it has a completion date of summer 2018. Delmarva Power is a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings (NYSE:POM).

Various projects saw changes in August as well. Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L), subsidiary of Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP), expects to complete its Midwest Transmission Project in late 2016; KCP&L has partnered with the Omaha Public Power District on the project. The 180-mile, 345-kV project was originally scheduled to be energized summer 2017. The project has an estimated cost of $400m, and is being built to improve reliability, reduce congestion and improve transfer capability between Nebraska and Missouri.

Great River Energy broke ground on its Elko New Market and Cleary Lake Transmission Upgrade project, which involves various line rebuilds and voltage upgrades. The $22m project has an expected completion date of summer 2016.

Northern Pass Transmission LCC, a joint venture of Hydro-Quebec and Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), altered the route of its planned Northern Pass Transmission Project. According to a new submission, 60 miles of the 227-mile, 300-kV transmission line will be underground. The project is expected to break ground early 2017 and be completed late 2019, at a cost estimate of $1.4bn.

Southwestern Public Service Co. (SPS) updated the completion date of its Battle Axe to Roadrunner 115-kV Transmission Line Project. SPS now expects to complete the project by the end of this year, rather than the previous estimate of early 2016. The $18m project will improve service reliability in the region. SPS is a subsidiary of Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL).

Finally, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued its recommendations for Dominion Virginia Power’s Poland Road Project. The project involves a new four-mile, 230-kV transmission line within the existing Loudoun–Brambleton 2094 corridor in order to address future load growth in Loudoun County, Va. The project has an estimated cost of $54.5m, and an in-service date of summer 2018. Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE:D).