T&D World's sister publication, TransmissionHub, on Dec. 15 held its fourth TransmissionHub Forum, titled, “Siting, permitting, and the grid,” featuring panelists: Todd Cornett, Assistant Director for Siting at the Oregon Department of Energy; Lynn Greene, manager, CEO of NatureNet Energy, LLC; and Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas.
The first part of this two-part article presents an overview of some of the electric transmission projects that TransmissionHub is tracking to be in service in the next few years, as well as coverage of recent developments involving siting and permitting. The second part, to be published soon, will feature the panelists’ webcast presentations.
A replay of the webcast can be found here.
From January to November, TransmissionHub has covered about $14.2bn worth of electric transmission projects in various stages of development, including about $1.3bn worth of projects that have been, or will be, completed in 2020; as well as about $588m in 2021. The approximately $14.2bn total also includes about $2.5bn in 2022; about $3.5bn in 2023; about $350m in 2024; about $3.4bn in 2025; and about $715m in 2026.
Several projects have been completed this year, including Eversource’s 13-mile, 115-kV Seacoast Reliability Project in New Hampshire, which was energized in May. Eversource said at the time that its crews and contractors are continuing to follow such safety precautions as social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another project that was energized this year is Minnesota Power’s 224-mile, 500-kV Great Northern Transmission Line, which is designed to deliver 250 MW of hydropower from Manitoba, Canada, to Minnesota Power customers. Minnesota Power spokesperson Amy Rutledge in June told TransmissionHub that the approximately $700m “line was energized on June 1.”
Also energized this year was the Duff to Coleman Project, with the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) saying in June that Republic Transmission energized the 31-mile, 345-kV line. MISO said that the project, which spans between southern Indiana and western Kentucky, was the first project in its footprint eligible for competition under FERC Order 1000.
To read the complete article, please visit TransmissionHub.