In the late 1800s, barbed wires crisscrossing prairies and rangelands often led to territorial disputes among ranchers in rural areas. Today, wires continue to be the subject of territorial disputes in many of those same regions, but the focus is no longer on fence posts strung with barbed galvanized wires. Instead, heads turn upwards to poles and towers with aluminum-steel conductors stretching for miles across croplands and pastures, and investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and rural electric coop
Many forces-competitive, regulatory, legal and technical-are today putting the squeeze on the U.S. transmission grid. A system that once offered convenient movement of electrons and thrived in an air of cooperation among users is now often at the center of contested cases before regulatory agencies and courts. As the new order of generation, transmission and distribution (T&D) shakes out, the grid will be frayed and its interconnectivity realigned.
The bidding war between Duke Energy and Chile`s Enersis began shortly after Duke`s February 18 announcement stating its intent to acquire 51 percent control of Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A. (Endesa-Chile), offering 250 Chilean pesos per share.
The SIMEAS P digital power meter, designed for power stations and industrial and commercial installations, features built-in Profibus DP high-speed communica- tions capability up to 12 Mbps. Information includes 3-phase power, energy, power factor, frequency, total harmonic distortion, voltage unbalance, current unbalance, and demand calculations as well as stored minimum and maximum values.
FirstEnergy asked FERC for permission to transfer all of its transmission facilities to a privately owned transmission company, American Transmission Systems (ATSI). FirstEnergy companies that would transfer transmission assets include: Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Toledo Edison and Pennsylvania Power. FirstEnergy is attempting to comply with FERC`s November order that asked the company to develop a plan outlining its participation in the Midwest ISO or another appropriate regio
Maui Electric Co. chose Intergraph Utilities` geospatial resource management solution. The contract includes software and implemen- tation services, and is based on Intergraph`s fast-start electric template, which contains an industry-standard data model, symbol library, placement functions, trace routines and reports. Basing the system on template technology shortens the design and development cycle. The system includes Intergraph`s ActiveFRAMME AM/FM/GIS software; Field View for seamless map v
CMP Group closed the $846.5 million sale of its Central Maine Power unit`s power plants (1,185 MW total) to FPL Group. FPL Group won a six-month bidding process but filed suit in November 1998 to back out of the deal, claiming federal orders calling for changes in New England`s regional transmission policies were a "material adverse event" under terms of the contract that released it from its obligation to complete the purchase. However, a federal court in New York City ruled in favor of CMP.
Entergy filed a transco plan with FERC proposing the transfer of transmission assets to the transco. In exchange, member companies would receive passive ownership, but no voting rights. With control of transmission assets, the transco would fully operate and maintain transmission systems and would assess the need for new transmission considering other resource options as part of an annual regional planning process.
Independent transmission system operators (ITSOs) are adopting diverse strategies for addressing the physical and political needs of their regions. They are entrusted with the complicated tasks of ensuring non-discriminatory and reliable transmission access, administering regional transmission tariffs, and in some cases, operating power exchanges.
Entrepreneurs in recent years aggressively pursued development of merchant power plants in Florida for the sale of wholesale electricity since projections are that the state may need as much as 8,000 MW of additional electricity over the next 10 years. Merchant plants are entirely funded and constructed by private equity investment and debt financing with no captive ratepayers to assure the repayment and recovery of the construction or operating costs. End users of electric power from merchant p