Westborough, MA, April 18, 2006 — American Superconductor Corp., an electricity solutions company, and GE Energy, a business of the General Electric Co., received an order for a D-VAR system from Aquila Inc. The 8 megaVAR D-VAR system will be utilized to enhance the voltage stability of the Aquila Inc. transmission system.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Aquila operates electricity and natural gas distribution utilities serving customers in six U.S. states, and also owns and operates power generation assets. AMSC recently shipped the D-VAR solution in March of 2006 for installation in Aquila’s Plainville Substation, with energization expected in June 2006.
After analyzing the transmission system, AMSC transmission planning engineers along with Aquila’s transmission planning staff, determined that a portion of their central Kansas system was susceptible to low voltage for certain contingencies. The in-depth studies indicated that a single D-VAR solution would assist with a fast voltage recovery, thereby ensuring the reliability of the transmission network to continue providing superior service to their customers.
AMSC’s transmission planning team of engineers is highly experienced in working with utilities to analyze transmission grid networks to develop strategies that improve grid reliability. Former utility planners themselves, the team is highly skilled at understanding specific grid operations.