Monthly Project Review August 2016

Six new projects were announced in August, including the MPL Laporte 115-kV Transmission Line Project, sponsored by Minnkota Power Coop. Inc.

That project is a new 9.4-mile line that will serve additional load growth for a new Minnesota Pipeline Company LLC pumping station in the region. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2017.

Entergy Texas, subsidiary of Entergy (NYSE:ETR), announced the new China to Stowell project near Beaumont, Texas. The 26.7-mile, 230-kV project will alleviate congestion for Entergy’s southern service region. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2019, at a cost of $68.5m.

Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) has plans for the Strange Creek to Leavenworth project in Kansas, which involves replacing an 11.8-mile, 161-kV transmission line with a 345-kV transmission line to alleviate congestion in the region. The project is expected to be completed by late 2018, at a cost of $28m.

Dominion Virginia Power, subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE:D) announced a new 27.5-mile, 500-kV rebuild project to address reliability standards near Petersburg, Va. The Carson–Rogers Rebuild project is expected to be completed by late 2018, at a cost of $52.9m.

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) announced the Heartland to Yellowjacket project near Brady, Texas. The 43.5-mile, 138-kV project will ensure reliability in the region and will initially be rated at 69-kV. AEP expects to complete the line by fall 2018, at a cost of $38.5m.

Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES) announced its planned Towantic Switching Station project in August. The project involves building a new 115-kV switching station adjacent to the Towantic generating station, modifying 115-kV electric transmission facilities from the Bunker Hill substation, located at Clough Road in Waterbury, south to the Towantic switching station, and modifying 115-kV electric transmission facilities from the new switching station south to Structure 1446 near the Oxford substation located at Commerce Drive in Oxford. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2017.

Public Service Electric and Gas’ (PSE&G) Sewaren–Metuchen 230-kV Conversion Project was the only project energized in August. The completed $125m, seven-mile project will improve electric reliability and eliminate the need to build a new generation station in the region. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG).

Various projects saw changes in August. For instance, Southern California Edison, subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE:EIX), received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for its proposed West of Devers Upgrade Project. The 48-mile, 220-kV is needed to import additional renewable energy from eastern interconnections to western metropolitan areas, and will increase the transmission capacity of the existing West of Devers corridor from the current 1,600 MW to about 4,800 MW. The cost of the project configured with the two alternatives is $878m, with a maximum cost cap of $1.01b, and the project is expected to be operational by 2020.

National Grid USA pushed back the completion date for its Pittsfield to Greenfield Project by three years to 2019. The project involves several upgrades and substation rebuilds with the major work revolving around modifying the Northfield Mountain 16R substation and integrating a 345-kV to 115-kV auto-transformer. The project has a projected cost of $214m. National Grid USA is a subsidiary of National Grid (NYSE:NGG).

The Bonneville Power Administration broke ground on its Lane to Wendson Rebuild project, which involves rebuilding an existing 41-mile, 115-kV transmission line in need of replacement. The project is expected to be completed by December 2018.

Dominion Virginia Power had both the Poland Road Project and Yardley Ridge Project approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The Poland Road Project involves a new substation and four miles of 230-kV transmission line to address future load growth in Loudoun County, Va. The new line and substation are expected to be completed by summer 2018, at a cost of $54.5m.

The Yardley Ridge Project involves a new 230-kV, double circuit line loop and the new Yardley Ridge switching station. The line will run approximately .4 miles between the existing Brambleton–BECO Line #2137 to the Yardley Ridge station. The project has a cost estimate of $13.2m, and is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

LS Power Group has officially suspended its Salem to Silver Run project between New Jersey and Delaware due to increased cost. Originally scheduled to be completed by April 2019, the 5.6-mile (3.6 miles involving a submarine cable), 230-kV transmission line would have connected the Salem Nuclear Generating Station to a new switchyard across the Delaware River.

Duke Energy Carolinas, subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), received approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for its Grants Creek to Jacksonville North Line Project application. The project involves a new 12.4-mile, 230-kV transmission line near Jacksonville, N.C. The project will provide increased capacity to meet the electric needs of the region with an estimated cost of $40m, and completion date of late 2019.