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Fortnightly Magazine - July 2013

OGE, and ArcLight hold approximately 58.3 percent, 28.5 percent, and 13.2 percent limited partner interests, respectively. The new partnership has combined assets of nearly $11 billion and owns and operates 8,400 miles of interstate pipelines. CenterPoint and OGE will share governance of the general partnership on a 50/50 basis.

TC PipeLines (TCP) entered into agreements to acquire an additional 45 percent interest in each of Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) and Bison Pipeline (Bison) from TransCanada for $1.05 billion. The GTN pipeline system transports Western Canadian and Rocky Mountain natural gas for large utilities, producers, and marketers in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. The Bison pipeline transports Rocky Mountain natural gas to Midwest markets through a connection with TC Pipelines’ Northern Border system. Both the GTN and Bison pipelines are supported by long-term ship-or-pay contracts that extend through the end of the decade. The transaction is expected to close in July 2013, subject to approvals.

Distributed Generation & Microgrids

U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin officials commissioned the first U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) grid-tied microgrid integrating both renewable resources and energy storage at Fort Bliss, Texas. The project was funded by the DoD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. The microgrid is designed to give Fort Bliss the capability to operate independent of the El Paso Electric grid when needed to provide energy security. It also aims to reduce the army base’s energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The microgrid consists of onsite backup generation, a 120-kW solar array, a 300-kW energy storage system, utility grid interconnection, and Lockheed Martin’s intelligent microgrid control system.

EVs & Storage

The Santa Clara City Library installed two new EV charging stations, supplied by ECOtality and Silicon Valley Power (SVP). Blink EV charging stations at the library will provide electricity at both Level 3 (480-volt DC fast charging) and Level 2 (208/240-volt AC charging) power levels, and will accept either credit cards or a ChargePass pre-paid card. The installation was primarily funded via a U.S. DOE grant to ECOtality of San Francisco and its nationwide EV project. The grant covered the cost of the charging stations and a portion of the costs to install them. SVP provided the balance of the installation cost.