National Grid chose Siemens to provide its 63 kA arc-resistant switchgear technology for the utility's new electric substation in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Siemens' 63 kA type GM-SG-AR switchgear is designed to improve power reliability and includes arc-resistant features that increase safety conditions for workers and operators. The technology's design will also allow National Grid and contractor TRC Companies to reduce the project's physical footprint.
Abengoa and Starwood Energy’s joint venture was selected by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) as the approved sponsor to finance, construct, own, operate and maintain the Delaney to Colorado River 500-kV transmission line project. Abengoa and Starwood Energy will undertake joint development of the 114-mile transmission line, reinforcing the electrical interconnection between both California and Arizona. Abengoa will undertake construction, operation and maintenance of the transmission line.
Consumers Energy launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near a Jackson County electric substation to help determine whether the emerging technology can improve how the company serves Michigan residents. Consumers Energy is the fourth energy company in the U.S. and the first in Michigan, to receive approval for UAV use from the Federal Aviation Administration. The UAV is being evaluated on its performance at inspecting wind turbines and above-ground utility equipment such as poles and transformers.