BLM releases EIS on TransWest Express line

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Western Area Power Administration have released a 2,550-page environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act for the TransWest Express Transmission Project.

Ameren Illinois continues hundreds of infrastructure upgrades

Ameren Illinois is continuing to invest in upgrading their infrastructure, with a $2.3 million investment in infrastructure, technology, and distribution improvements. The most recent upgrades are to systems throughout Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike, and Schuyler counties.

ITC completes 140-mile Michigan transmission line

ITC Transmission has completed their 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that runs throughout the "Thumb" region on the eastern side of Michigan. According to ITC, the $510 million Thumb Loop transmission project was completed ahead of schedule, and will accommodate future wind development in the area.

USDA awards more than $100M in infrastructure, smart grid upgrades

The USDA's Rural Utilities Service has announced the recipients of their $106.3 million effort to build or improve upon more than 1,000 miles of transmission and distribution (T&D) lines across the country, including $9 million being granted for smart grid improvements. The awards were granted to rural electric cooperatives in four states.

PPL, PSEG work together to energize 150-mile transmission line

PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, andPublic Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG), energized the 500 kilovolt (kV) Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line. According to PPL, the transmission line will make service in the Northeast more reliable.

SRP miffed by ROW consent decision

After three years of work to obtain a route alternative and following a vote by the Gila River Indian Community Council rejecting Right of Way (ROW) consent on Community lands, Salt River Project (SRP) has temporarily suspended its effort to seek approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for its Price Road Corridor 230-kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line Project in the East Valley.

IURC denies Duke Energy Indiana grid modernization proposal

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) has denied Duke Energy Indiana's grid modernization proposal. In August, 2014, Duke announced a seven-year, $1.9 billion plan that would use both new technology and infrastructure upgrades.

NREL and INL connect power grid technology over the Internet

The Department of Energy (DOE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have partnered to demonstrate the capability to connect power grid simulations between two laboratories. The experiment demonstrated the simulation in real-time -- via the Internet.

CapX2020 energizes 800-mile transmission line

Sixty percent of the largest transmission expansion in the Upper Midwest in the last 30 years was energized in the last few months and, on Tuesday, the utilities involved dedicated the project. CapX2020 includes four 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and a 230-kilovolt line in northern Minnesota.

EPRI report offers more effective framework for transmission planning

A new report will help states incorporate risk analysis into transmission and other resource planning. The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), offers new approaches aimed at addressing the challenges of maintaining reliable electricity systems through transmission planning.