Monthly Project Review April 2016

Nearly $363m worth of new projects were completed in April, including PPL Electric Utilities‘ $350m Northeast Pocono Reliability Project, according to TransmissionHub data.

The PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) subsidiary last month energized that project, which involved building both a new 57-mile, 230-kV transmission line and an 11.3-mile, 138-kV line. The project will improve reliability and support future growth in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Also last month, Southwestern Public Service (SPS) completed its Andrews–NEF 115-kV Transmission Line Project. The $13.6m project consists of two miles of new 115-kV transmission line along with other associated equipment to the existing Andrews substation. The new line will provide an additional source of power to the 115-kV system in the area. SPS is a subsidiary of Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL).

Four new projects were announced in April. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has plans for a new 138-kV transmission line. The new line is being built to address increased load growth in the region. LCRA expects to complete the line by late 2019 at a cost of approximately $72.6m.

Appalachian Power Co., subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), announced a new Duffield Area Improvements Project in Virginia. The project will involve replacing 15 miles of existing 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV. In addition, two miles of new 138-kV transmission line and a new Duffield substation will be built. The project is needed to address electric reliability concerns in the region and is expected to be completed late 2017 at a cost of $14m.

Southwestern Electric Power Co., subsidiary of AEP, is planning to rebuild approximately 11 miles of existing 69-kV transmission line in eastern Texas. The project will address reliability concerns and ensure an adequate supply of electricity for the area’s growth and economic development. The project has an estimated cost of $14.5m with a completion date of summer 2017.

AEP Ohio announced plans to replace approximately seven miles of 69-kV transmission line between the Dennison and Yager substations. The Dennison–Yager Rebuild Project is part of the greater Eastern Ohio Tri-County Improvements initiative which is being built to reduce outages in the region. The project has a cost estimate of $15m and is expected to be completed by late 2017. AEP Ohio is also a subsidiary of AEP.

Finally, four projects saw significant changes in April. American Transmission Company’s (ATC) Mark Twain Transmission Project received approval from the Missouri PUC. The 100-mile, 345-kV line will run from the Iowa/Missouri border and terminate at the Maywood substation. The project is expected to be completed by late 2018. ATC is a subsidiary of Ameren (NYSE:AEE).

Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, subsidiary of Entergy (NYSE:ETR) began construction on its Lake Charles Transmission Project. The project involves seven miles of new 500-kV transmission line that will tie into an existing 500-kV line and terminate at the Carlyss substation. The project also includes 18 miles of a new 230-kV transmission line between the planned Lake Charles and Carylss substations. The project is estimated to cost $187m and is being built to bring more capacity and reliability to the region.

Mid-Kansas Electric Company, subsidiary of Westar Energy (NYSE:WR), was selected by the SPP for the planned North Liberal to Walkemeyer project. The 22.6-mile, 115-kV line will improve reliability in the region and is expected to be completed by late 2019 at a cost of $15.9m.

Delmarva Power and Light, subsidiary of Exelon (NYSE:EXC), received project approval by the Virginia State Corporation Commissionfor its Piney Grove to Wattsville Project. The project involves a new 30.9-mile, 138-kV transmission line between Wicomico County, Md., and Accomack County, Va. The $30.9m project is being built to address system reliability in the region and is expected to be energized in summer 2018.