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Fortnightly Magazine - February 2012

a subcontractor to PSEG Long Island, will provide services related to transition management, information technology, corporate business, energy efficiency and other issues. As part of the management contract, PSEG Long Island will be expected to develop and implement a number of operational improvements to provide safe and reliable service, increase customer satisfaction, and manage the utility’s operational and maintenance costs.

Fluor signed a memorandum of understanding with Plains and Eastern Clean Line to provide development support and preliminary engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line project, an 800-mile, 3,500 MW, HVDC transmission line from Oklahoma to Tennessee, currently in the development and permitting stages. As part of Fluor’s MOU with Clean Line, Fluor and subcontractor Pike Electric will provide initial permitting and development support services. After the project has received all permits and regulatory and financial approvals, Fluor and Pike will provide full EPC services. It could begin commercial operations as early as 2017. 

Smart Grid

Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) selected Alstom Grid to supply smart grid synchrophasor software applications for its Western Interconnection SynchroPhasor Program (WISP). Alstom Grid will provide wide-area monitoring technologies for phasor display and historical archiving. The WISP efforts are already underway and the project is scheduled to be completed in March 2013.

Mountain Parks Electric (MPEI) awarded a contract to Open Systems International (OSI) to provide a new SCADA and distribution management system. In a second phase of this project, MPEI expects to implement advanced distribution management system functionalities, including electronic mapping, distribution power flow and volt/VAR control. 

United Energy (UE) and Multinet Gas (MG) contracted Telvent to replace their current SCADA systems with a multi-utility single platform for managing their electricity and gas distribution networks.  UE and MG hope the integrated data collection will provide real-time data to improve daily operations.

Generation

Juhl Wind began commercial operations at the $22 million, 10-MW Valley View wind farm located near the company’s headquarters in Chandler, Minn. The facility uses five Gamesa G87 wind turbines to generate power for sale to Xcel Energy through a long-term agreement. 

SunPower and NRG started construction of the 250-MW California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) project in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. The companies say the project is one of the largest central-station PV plants in the world. The facility uses the SunPower T0 Tracker with SunPower solar panels and pre-manufactured system cabling. 

Kiewit Power Constructors and Sargent & Lundy awarded a contract to Hitachi Power Systems America to supply air pollution controls equipment for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at Kansas City Power & Light’s La Cygne generating station. The contract includes wet flue gas desulfurization systems, fabric filters, mercury control systems and appurtenant systems for both Unit 1 (815 MW) and Unit 2 (715 MW), and low NOx burners, over-fire air equipment, and a selective catalytic reduction system for Unit 2.

KGRA and Appalachian Midstream Services , a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy , agreed to build and install a customized 2-MW waste heat-to-power system. Chesapeake will work with KGRA’s subsidiary, Liberty WHR Partners, to install