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Fortnightly Magazine - February 2014
EdF ordered 220 MW of Vestas 2-MW wind turbines for a pair of projects in the Texas Panhandle.

qualify for the province’s FiT (feed-in-tariff) program and are scheduled for completion in 2014.  Ontario Power Authority will buy the output under a 20-year contract.

MidAmerican Energy ordered 448 wind turbines from Siemens totaling 1,050 MW. The wind turbines, each with a nominal rating of 2.3 MW and a rotor diameter of 108 meters, are expected to be installed in five different projects in Iowa. Siemens will also be responsible for service and maintenance of the wind turbines.

The first commercial collaboration between PHG Energy (PHGE) of Nashville and GE Power & Water is online and generating electricity from waste materials at a new Covington, Tenn., facility. GE’s Clean Cycle generator, based on Rankine cycle technology, produces power  from PHGE’s downdraft gasification system combined with a waste-mixing process. 

UBS agreed to buy a 50-percent interest in EdF’s Spinning Spur II wind project in Texas.

PSEG Solar Source completed its 19.3-MW DC PSEG Badger 1 solar farm located on approximately 172 acres west of Phoenix, Ariz. The project was developed and constructed by juwi solar . Arizona Public Service  will purchase the output under a 30-year agreement. 

Dominion Virginia Power installed more than 2,000 solar panels on the rooftop of Canon Virginia Inc.’s (CVI) Industrial Resource Technologies facility in Gloucester, Va. When operational, the Gloucester facility will generate more than 500 kW for sale to Dominion Virginia Power. Construction started in December and startup is expected in early 2014.

Metering

Inland Power & Light (IPL) selected a Tantalus-Itron system to provide advanced metering and smart grid services for 39,000 members in IPL’s cooperative in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Itron Centron II meters will provide automated metering, interval meter data collection, prepay service, and power quality management. The project is a joint effort between Tantalus, Itron, and General Pacific. 

Transmission

We Energies and Wolverine Power Coop ended plans to jointly own and upgrade the Presque Isle power plant.

Entergy completed integrating its transmission system into MISO, after the company canceled its planned transmission spinoff and merger with ITC. Entergy says its operating utilities – Entergy Arkansas, Entergy Mississippi, Entergy Texas, Entergy Louisiana, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, and Entergy New Orleans – have been working for more than two years to plan and prepare for the transition. With the integration into MISO, Entergy’s transmission functions will now be managed by MISO, whose footprint now reaches from the Gulf of Mexico to Manitoba, Canada. In total, MISO now manages 65,280 miles of transmission with generation capacity totaling approximately 196,000 MW. In total, MISO’s footprint gained 10 transmission owning companies, six local balancing authorities, and 33 new market participants from Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri.

Electric Transmission Texas (ETT) energized the last of seven 345-kV transmission line projects associated with the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) initiative in west Texas. The Edith Clarke to Cottonwood transmission line was energized to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid on December 4. The 88.4-mile transmission line runs from the Crowell area in Foard County to the Afton area in Dickens County, and is the last of the seven greenfield 345-kV transmission projects assigned to ETT as part of the CREZ initiative. The overall CREZ initiative involves nine transmission service providers, including ETT, building 2,400 miles of transmission lines to carry 18,500 MW of