Conference panel explores fast-moving activities of transcos

CHICAGO, Ill., April 4, 2002 — An expert panel to be presented at the 2002 American Power Conference will provide details on the Midwestern for-profit transmission company, TRANSLink, which plans to be operational by the end of 2002.

The panel is part of a wide-reaching conference from Electric Light & Power magazine that covers topics such as transmission, distribution, generation and all aspects of electric utility business. The American Power Conference runs from April 15-17 in Chicago.

The panel will go into detail on the TRANSLink business model and challenges faced so far.

Speakers in the panel will include:

The panel chair, Dean Mueller, Manager, Consumer Sales & Service for Omaha Public Power District.
Robin Kittel, Chairman of TRANSLink.
W. Scott Miller III, Director of Market Development for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Tim Leyshock, Senior Vice President of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution.

Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution will also discuss its concept for an East-West power grid, which would form the basis for a national grid.

The TransAmerica Generation Grid (TAGG) is an initiative from Siemens and Black & Veatch intended to help improve power generation price and supply, while increasing the nation’s transmission grid capacity and reliability.

TAGG proposes the construction of 12,000 MW of new generating capacity facilities in Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota along the Powder River Basin. This power, a blend of renewable and hard fossil, will then be transmitted in bulk amounts to major load centers via new high voltage DC (HVDC) and existing high voltage AC transmission lines.

Cost estimates are between $15 and $35 billion, with a 2,000 mile radius and 18,000 MW total power in those DC lines, EL&P associate editor Kathleen Davis wrote in a March issue article about the proposal. Critics are wondering whether it may be too big and too interdependent.

TAGG spokesman and Black & Veatch vice-president Brad Vaughan has said that overcapacity won’t be a problem by the time the system’s first generation would come on line in 2007/2008, and that demand for power nationwide will soon resume its 2-3 percent annual growth rate as the economy recovers.

About the American Power Conference
Together with advisors throughout the energy business sector, conference organizer PennWell has included several educational tracks to deliver the newest continuing education and discussion topics; networking opportunities and an exhibit floor of top energy industry products.

To read about TAGG in detail, visit EL&P’s March issue online by following this link:

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