Monthly Project Review October 2016

According to TransmissionHub data, $403m worth of new projects were announced in October, including a 230-kV project by Entergy’s (NYSE:ETR) Entergy Texas.

Entergy Texas announced the new Heights to Line #822 project, which is a planned 1.4-mile, 230-kV transmission line that would address load growth in Montgomery County, Texas. The project has an estimated cost of $14.5m, and is expected to be completed by late 2018.

American Transmission Company (ATC) is planning a new 69-kV rebuild in Brown County, Wis. The Finger Road to Canal Rebuild is necessary to improve reliability in the region, and has an estimated cost of $61m. ATC expects to complete the line by 2021.

Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES) announced the new Walpole to Holbrook Reliability Project, which involves a new 14.7-mile, 115-kV transmission line and switching station to ensure reliability to the Greater Boston/Metro West regions. Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2019, at a cost of $34.6m.

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative has plans for a new 10-mile, 138-kV transmission line in Collin County, Texas. The $25.5m Kittyhawk Transmission Line and Substation Project would address load growth in the region and is expected to be completed by summer 2019.

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) (AEP) AEP Ohio announced the new Herlan-Blue Racer Project, which involves a new three-mile, 138-kV transmission line to address increased demand and ensure reliability. The project has an estimated cost of $7m, and is expected to be completed in 2018.

AEP Ohio also announced the new West Bellaire to Glencoe project, which involves rebuilding 10 miles of existing 69-kV transmission line to 138-kV standards. The project has an estimated cost of $10m, and is expected to be completed in 2019.

The Bonneville Power Administration has decided to rebuild its 34-mile Midway-Moxee transmission line and its 26-mile long Midway-Grandview transmission line. Both 115-kV lines are in need of replacement to increase the electrical capacity in the region. The project has an estimated cost of $28.6m, and would be completed in spring 2018.

National Grid USA, subsidiary of National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG), announced the Whitehall-Mohican #13 115-kV Transmission Line project, which involves clearance refurbishment of an existing 22.9 mile line. The project is necessary to provide system reliability and is expected to be completed by spring 2017.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) is proposing to build the Rush Creek Connect transmission line to interconnect a new wind farm in Arapahoe County, Colo. The 90-mile, 345-kV line has an estimated cost of $120m, and is expected to be completed by late 2018.

Tres Amigas LLC announced the Western Interconnect project. The new 35-mile, 345-kV transmission line will connect the Blackwater substation to a switching station near Clovis, N.M. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.

Two projects were energized in October, including Southwestern Public Service’s, (SPS) Curry to Bailey 115-kV Project. The project involved 37 miles of new transmission line between the Curry (N.M.) and Bailey (Texas) substations. The cost of the project was $38m. SPS is a subsidiary of Xcel.

Dominion Virginia Power, subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE:D), completed its Brambleton to Mosby 500-kV Line, which complements an existing line within the same right of way (ROW) at a length of 5.2 miles. The project had a final cost of $27.3m.

Various projects saw changes in October. For instance, New York State Electric and Gas, subsidiary of Iberdrola S.A., broke ground on its Elbridge to State Street project. The project involves a new 15-mile, 115-kV transmission line within existing National Grid ROW. Completion of the project is expected by the end of 2016.

Duke Energy Carolinas, subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), received approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for its planned Raeford Project. The project involves a new 3.5-mile, 230-kV transmission line that will connect the Raeford  and Woodruff substations. The new line is being built to ensure reliability in the region and is expected to be completed by mid-2018, at a cost of $20m.

AEP received a project recommendation for its Heartland to Yellowjacket project from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The project involves a new 138-kV transmission line near Brady, Texas, to ensure reliability in the region. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2018, at a cost of $38.5m.