As noted in one order, Dominion Energy Virginia and Potomac Edison in December 2018 filed a joint petition with the commission seeking approval for the acquisition by Dominion of certain transmission facilities from Potomac Edison relating to the Virginia portion of the 500-kV Mt. Storm-Valley Line and the acquisition by Dominion of certain transmission assets from Potomac Edison relating to the 500-kV Front Royal-Meadow Brook Line.
Otter Tail Power on March 21 said that its crew and Montana-Dakota Utilities’ crew on Feb. 5 energized the $215m, 163-mile, 345-kV Big Stone South-Ellendale Transmission Line after eight years of planning and three years of construction.
The Missouri Public Service Commission on March 20 said that it voted 5-0 to approve Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC’s request for a certificate of convenience and necessity to build, own, operate, control, manage, and maintain a high-voltage, direct current transmission line and associated facilities within eight Missouri counties.
A Virginia State Corporation Commission hearing examiner, in a March 18 report, recommended – subject to certain conditions – that the commission approve Dominion Energy’s application concerning the company’s proposed Fudge Hollow-Low Moor Line #112 and East Mill-Low Moor Line #161 138-kV Transmission Line Partial Rebuild.
The structures were impacted by landslides in spring 2018, the company said, adding that replacement of the structures “is necessary in order to maintain safe and reliable service to customers because these structures are in a landslide-prone area.”
Public Utility Commission of Texas staff on March 15 said that it recommends that the commission approve – subject to certain measures – the City of Garland’s application for construction of the new, approximately five-mile King Mountain to Roadrunner Single Circuit 345-kV Transmission Line in Upton County.
As noted in the order, Deepwater is seeking a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need that would authorize Deepwater to build an approximately 3.5-mile, submarine export cable from the New York State Territorial Waters boundary to the South Shore of the Town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, as well as about 4.1 miles of 138-kV terrestrial export cable from the South Shore of the Town of East Hampton to an interconnection facility with an interconnection cable connecting to an existing East Hampton substation.
The position described in Otter Tail’s initial filing on return on equity, along with the issues resolved in the settlement stipulation, result in an overall rate of return of 7.91%, and a final net revenue deficiency of about $3.1m, adjusted to reflect prudent, actual rate case expenses through resolution of the non-settled issue of return on equity, the stipulation said.