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Vendor Neutral

Fortnightly Magazine - January 2011

Wind Energy . Through a 20-year agreement, AEP Ohio will purchase all of the output from the 99 MW facility, to be located in Paulding County, Ohio. The project will consist of 55 V100-1.8 MW turbines manufactured by Vestas. The facility is expected to be in commercial operation by mid-summer 2011.

FirstEnergy cancelled plans to repower units 4 and 5 at its R.E. Burger Plant in Shadyside, Ohio, said it would permanently shut down the units by Dec. 31, 2010. Since the Burger biomass repowering project was announced, market prices for electricity have fallen significantly, and expected market prices no longer support a repowered Burger plant.

Nuclear Innovation North America LLC (NINA), the nuclear development company jointly owned by NRG Energy and Toshiba, awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for its South Texas project units 3 and 4 to a restricted EPC consortium formed by Toshiba America Nuclear Energy (TANE) and the Shaw Group. NINA says the 2,700 MW South Texas nuclear power expansion project remains on track for permitting in 2012 and for the first unit to come online in 2016 and the second in 2017.

Public Service Electric & Gas marked the first phase of construction at its Yardville Solar Farm in Hamilton Township, N.J. The 4.4 MW facility is one of four ground-mounted solar farms that the utility is developing as part of its $515 million Solar 4 All program, including development of more than 20 solar projects.

SolarReserve is proceeding with purchases of long-lead materials and equipment as it advances in financing arrangements with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee program for its Crescent Dunes Energy Project in Tonopah, Nev., and Rice Solar Energy Project in Riverside County, Calif.

West Virginia will rely on the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) from PJM Environmental Information Services (PJM EIS) in accounting for megawatt hours generated to satisfy the state’s new renewable portfolio standard. The PJM GATS, specified by the West Virginia Public Service Commission, provides tracking registry services.

BlackLight Power announced that researchers at Rowan University in New Jersey independently demonstrated the company’s controversial Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (CIHT) technology to produce electric power from the conversion of hydrogen to “hydrinos,” which BlackLight says is a more stable form of hydrogen. A group of four Rowan University professors issued a joint statement, saying: “In tests conducted over the last 12 months [we] independently and consistently generated energy in excesses ranging from 1.3 times to 6.5 times the maximum theoretical heat available through known chemical reactions.”

Transmission Systems

Pattern Energy Group completed the Trans Bay Cable project in San Francisco, Calif., owned and operated by SteelRiver Transmission , an affiliate of SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners. Pattern Energy’s transmission team conceived, developed and managed for SteelRiver the construction of the Trans Bay Cable, a 53-mile, 400 MW high voltage direct current submarine transmission line that can transmit up to 40 percent of the peak power needs for the city of San Francisco.

Puget Sound Energy completed transmission line upgrades along 40 miles of the company’s existing utility corridor between its Sedro-Woolley substation