While giant steps are being taken on the national stage to upgrade the nation’s electricity transmission system and migrate to renewable power, smaller but no less important projects are underway on the local and regional level to help complete the transformation.
Case in point: Eastern Maine.
The 160-mile, 345-kilovolt (kV) LaSalle Transmission Project, intended to connect Indiana and Illinois, is underway. It will connect three existing 345-kV substations operated by the PJM Regional Transmission Operator.
Wind power may have the potential to drastically alter our nation’s electricity consumption and reduce harmful emissions of greenhouse gases, but it will be of little use to energy consumers if the power generated can’t travel easily from the turbine to the plug.
Private and government energy experts have long agreed that major upgrades are sorely needed for our nation’s electric transmission infrastructure—-particularly for the Eastern Interconnection, a vast area composed of all the states east of the Rocky Mountains, with the exception of Texas, which is
American Electric Power (AEP) is evaluating the feasibility of building a multistate, extra-high-voltage transmission project across the northern Midwest to support the development of renewable energy.
Last month, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR reported that the Virginia State Corporation Commission authorized construction of the Virginia segments of the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL). Now, the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co.
According to Daniel Feldman, Technical Chair of the Ethernet Alliance’s PoE subcommittee, the base definition of power over Ethernet (PoE) is, “a technology that allows for the powering of devices through Ethernet cables.” At this time, IEEE 802.3AF is the de facto standard.
PJM Interconnection President and CEO Terry Boston testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that transmission is the enabler of virtually all of the energy goals Congress is considering.
According to a report conducted by The Perryman Group, an economic and financial analysis firm based in Waco, Texas, the construction and operation of Exelon’s proposed nuclear power facility in Southeast Texas would not just increase energy reliability.
Utility planners who have been warning of a looming crisis in the U.S. electricity-transmission system for the last decade or so now may have a new weapon in their ongoing battle to expand transmission capacity.