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part of Northern California—would participate in a co-optimized real-time energy market facilitated by the ISO. The joint agreement applies only to the EIM service. PacifiCorp stressed that it isn’t joining the ISO and will maintain control of its assets and responsibilities for serving customers.
MISO’s board of directors approved the applications of four new transmission-owning members: Cleco Power , Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government , Minnesota Municipal Power Agency , and Prairie Power . As fully integrated transmission-owning members, each will participate in MISO’s competitive energy markets and system planning and operating functions.
Landsnet, the Icelandic transmission system operator, awarded $10 million order to ABB to supply a high-voltage submarine and underground power-cable system that will transport electricity from the mainland to the volcanic island of Heimaey. The new 72-kV line will replace an existing cable that is approaching the end of its operating life. The 17.5-km line will include a 13-km submarine section, a 4.5-km underground section, and an integrated fiber-optic cable for telecommunications and temperature monitoring. As part of the turnkey contract, ABB is responsible for design, engineering, submarine cable laying, joints and terminations, testing and commissioning.
Cupertino Electric is installing a new 230-kV transmission line to interconnect a new substation serving a 200-MW PV power plant in Imperial Valley, Calif. When complete in late 2013, the overhead line will span five miles and interconnect a new 230-kV substation on a 2,000-acre solar project site in California’s Imperial Valley.
NB Power awarded a contract to ABB to upgrade the Eel River high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter station, located near Dalhousie, New Brunswick. The bidirectional station transfers up to 350 MW and is one of two facilities allowing power exchange between New Brunswick and Quebec, providing access to Maritime and New England markets.
Smart Grid & Distribution Automation
Echelon was selected to provide smart grid systems for the Smart Grid Gotland project, a technology demonstration on the island of Gotland, Sweden. The project is sponsored by a joint venture of Vattenfall, Gotland Energy, ABB, Swedish National Grid, Schneider Electric, and the Royal Institute of Technology, and is partly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. Echelon will provide control and operating systems, as well as 3,000 grid-sensing smart meters.
Siemens released a new data center infrastructure management system, Datacenter Clarity LC. The system aims to provide building automation and energy management features for data centers, combining Siemens’ enterprise integration and management capabilities with data center-specific software built upon Siemens Product Lifecycle Management software.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducted test flights in Alabama of prototype unmanned aerial systems equipped with video and other sensing equipment to demonstrate such “drone” technology for assessing damage to electric transmission and distribution systems following storms. EPRI tested the Aeryon Scout and the Adaptive Flight Hornet Maxi, two rotary winged devices, carrying payloads that weighed less than 55 pounds and operating at altitudes under 100 feet. The systems performed visual inspection tasks including high-resolution imaging.
NextEra Energy Resources sold its equity interests in White Pine Hydro Investments , which indirectly owns 351 MW of hydro