The notice of inquiry noted that FERC could evaluate incentive requests based on the transmission project’s potential to achieve benefits related to reliability and reductions in the cost of delivered power by reducing transmission congestion.
As noted in the filing, Route 11 has an estimated total transmission line cost of about $16.8m, and an estimated total project cost of about $32.7m, which includes the estimated substation facilities cost of about $15.9m.
According to the filing, Oncor selected Route 7 for the project, which has an estimated total transmission line cost of about $19.2m, and an estimated total project cost of about $22.2m, which includes the estimated substation facilities cost of about $3m.
As noted in the March 19 revised draft of the plan, the new reliability projects found to be needed include the Gates 500-kV Dynamic Voltage Support project, which has a cost of $210m-$250m, and an expected in-service date 2024.
The facility may include about 20 MW – 80 MWh – of energy storage, according to the public involvement plan, which also noted that the facility would interconnect to the New York power grid via a new point of interconnection, tapping into the Thousand Island to Lyme 115-kV transmission line located within the facility area.
A Maryland Public Service Commission public utility law judge, in a March 15 proposed order, said that subject to certain conditions, approval of a 202-MW alternating current solar photovoltaic generating facility in Caroline County, Md., is in the public interest.
The Virginia State Corporation Commission, in a March 25 order, said that a public evidentiary hearing will be held on July 23 in its second floor courtroom in Richmond, Va., concerning Virginia Electric and Power’s (Dominion) proposal to convert portions of two lines from overhead to underground.
In a report, regulatory staff noted that it held a stakeholder workshop on March 1 to review a whitepaper and receive feedback on the proposed investigation prior to requesting that the commission open the investigation.
The company said that it determined that in order to serve the proposed load increase, construction of the new substation located immediately adjacent to the existing Blacks Fork 230-kV substation is necessary, along with rebuilding about 3,000 feet of existing 34.5-kV feeder distribution line – from the Blacks Fork substation – and new construction of about 5,000 feet of new 34.5-kV feeder distribution line – from the Conestoga substation.
The Hot Springs Microgrid is approved as a pilot, subject to certain reporting requirements, a study of frequency regulation, the imposition of a cap on the above-the-line capital costs of the project, and other conditions proposed by public staff, agreed to by Duke Energy Progress, and set forth in the joint proposed order, according to the filing.