American Transmission Company on April 22 told the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin that the St. Martins-Edgewood-Mukwonago Rebuild Project remains on schedule for completion in June, and that all of the required permits have been obtained.
As noted in an accompanying April 22 document from that office to the commission and all parties of record, the commission will consider the docket at an open meeting scheduled for May 23 at the commission’s office in Austin, Texas.
Of Cleco’s portion of the project’s estimated total cost, Cleco spokesperson Jennifer Cahill on April 23 told TransmissionHub, “The project will cost approximately $62 million, which includes the construction of the line and power for lights on the water-crossing structures, as well as the expansion of Cleco’s Bayou Vista substation.”
The plan must include the current condition of the transportation electrification market in the electric company’s Oregon service territory, including a discussion of existing state policies and programs, as well as market barriers that the electric company can address and other barriers that are beyond the company’s control.
The facility will include 29 turbines, 23 of which will be built in Villenova and six in Hanover, the commission said, adding that the facility will also include an approximate 25.6-mile, 34.5-kV, mostly underground electrical collection system, as well as a new substation to interconnect with the National Grid 230-kV system in Hanover.
The commission said that given the uncertainty regarding avian mortality associated with solar facilities, as well as the potential risk to migratory birds, the commission finds it reasonable to require Badger Hollow to work with the commission and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop and conduct a post-construction avian mortality study.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on April 15 told the Public Utility Commission of Texas that of the 34 alternative routes evaluated in an environmental assessment for a transmission project proposed by Sharyland Utilities L.P., and Lubbock Power & Light, “Alternative Route 34” appears to be the route that causes the least adverse impacts to natural resources.
TransmissionHub presents a roundup of most of the transmission project news that occurred in March, including Texas regulatory staff recommending approval of the Coulomb to Vera Wind 345-kV Transmission Line in Knox County, Texas.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, in an April 12 order, approved the power purchase agreements between several companies, including Eversource, and Vineyard Wind LLC for offshore wind energy generation and renewable energy certificates filed in July 2018.