Rising demand and high dependence on reliable electricity supply has resulted in the need for network configuration that supports the increase of high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology to assure smart, reliable and flexible power transmission, leading to an exponential increase in the implementation of HVDC technology worldwide.
The evolving grid, the evolving customer, and evolving regulation are all part of a three-legged stool that requires balance, according to IEI. Keeping these three legs in balance will ultimately help drive the sustainable evolution of the electricity grid.
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is growing, and has expanded its territory to include the Integrated System (IS) transmission system-- which will add more than 5,000 megawatts (MW) of peak demand-- or 10 to 12 percent-- and 9,500 miles of transmission infrastructure to the SPP system.
In the continuing goal of connecting countries in the European Union (EU), plans for a British-Belgian transmission line are moving forward. The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line will have a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, or enough to supply 500,000 households, and will connect the national grids of the two countries by subsea cable.
A newly formed coalition by the chambers of commerce in eastern and western Pennsylvania hopes to spur energy infrastructure investments in the Commonwealth. Joined by local labor organizations the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance supports the timely approval for critical energy infrastructure in the state and aims to raise the profile of how private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure can strengthen the state's economy, create jobs, and increase public safety when projects are properly designed, built and maintained.
The massive growth in eastern New York caused an electric grid in the region that was nearing capacity. National Grid looked at the issue, and has been making upgrades to their systems every since-- including an overall plan to upgrade transmission lines, equipment, and new substations.
FirstEnergy is showcasing the importance of a transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure to support other sources of energy production. FirstEnergy subsidiary Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) is investing nearly $6 million to construct news power lines, as well as rebuilding others, in an effort to serve natural gas lines being constructed in central Pennsylvania.
The Grain Belt Express may be halted due to a potential vote by the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC). When constructed, the transmission line will bring wind energy from Kansas to Illinois-- through Missouri-- but the MPSC commissioners said they are split on the effects of the line, especially to property owners on the path.
Xcel Energy and American Transmission Company (ATC) got another win in Wisconsin for their Badger Coulee Transmission Line. A group of homeowners had petitioned the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) to reconsider their approval of the line.
APS understood the essential need to increase the capacity to bring electricity into Yuma County even more than 10 years ago, and the HANG2 line meets this need. APS continues to look forward and plan for the future even today.