The Ohio Power Siting Board, in separate Feb. 21 orders, issued certificates of environmental compatibility and public need to AEP Ohio Transmission Company, Inc., for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Vigo-Pine Ridge 138-kV Transmission Line Project and the Pine Ridge Switch-Heppner 138-kV Transmission Line Project, subject to certain conditions.
BGE estimates the capital cost of the project to be about $243m, which assumes that Patapsco River closure restrictions would be applied by the applicable environmental agencies through the permitting process and that those restrictions would prohibit any construction activity on the project that impacts the Patapsco River bottom between Feb. 15 and June 15 annually, according to James Casey, principal project manager in the Project and Contract Management Department of the Technical Services Division.
The unanimous stipulation on routing of the project within Pecos County, Texas was entered into as of Feb. 15 by LCRA TSC; AEP Texas; Oncor Electric Delivery Company; commission staff; and all of the intervenors who remain parties to the proceeding and are affected by one or more route alternatives for the Bakersfield to Solstice 345-kV transmission line project that is proposed to be built by LCRA TSC and AEP Texas.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said that it “has reviewed the Shortgrass CPCN application filed by Public Service, as amended, and finds that the Shortgrass switching station is needed to interconnect the Bronco Plains and Cheyenne Ridge wind facilities.”
The Arkansas Public Service Commission, in a Feb. 19 order, said that a hearing is scheduled for May 16 at its building in Little Rock, Ark., regarding Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation’s December 2018 application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the construction, ownership, and operation of a new 161-kV switching station; an 18-mile, 161-kV transmission line; and a 161-69-kV substation in Van Buren County, Ark.
According to the filing, depending on the route selected by the commission, the estimated cost for the project ranges from about $69.5m to $88.6m, including costs to build the North station and modify the Abernathy station, as well as either the X-FAB station or Northwest station to accommodate the project.
The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) received 18 bids from four proposers, with projects up to 1,200 MW, which, if built, would be the largest offshore wind project in the United States, a NYSERDA spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Feb. 19.