Transmission for Texas wind power could cost $3-9bn

first_imgRenewablesWind Linkedin By chloecox – Using larger, 765 kv power lines could raise that cost to $9 billion, ERCOT said. CPV says it has developed 400+ MW of renewable capacity on former coal mines 4.3.2008 Previous articleSouth Africa terminates $645m AES contract for gas power plantsNext articleRussian Power Reform: Five Years On chloecox Facebook TAGSERCOT After identifying the areas with the best potential for new wind generation, the commission ordered the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to design routes to move 5,100 MW to 17,500 MW to the state’s big cities. The most expensive plan, to bring more than 24,000 MW of wind generation to the eastern half of the state, could cost from $5.75 billion to $6.38 billion, the report said. A more ambitious plan to bring as much as 18,400 MW into populated areas could cost $4.93 billion, the report said. Twitter Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit Transmission companies interested in building new lines include units of Babcock and Brown, ITC Holdings Corp., FPL Group, AES, BP Wind, Shell WindEnergy, CenterPoint Energy and privately held Sharyland Utilities and Energy Future Holdings Corp. 3 April 2008 — The Texas electric grid operator said the price tag to build new power lines to bring wind power to the state’s biggest cities could range from $3 billion to $9 billion, in a report filed with state regulators. Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas Facebook No posts to display Transmission for Texas wind power could cost $3-9bn Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ERCOT said two scenarios to gather and transfer a total of 12,000 MW on 345 kV lines could cost from $2.95 billion to $3.78 billion, depending on the number of lines built. Linkedin Following legislation passed in 2005, the Texas Public Utility Commission began working to speed up construction of high-voltage transmission lines to tap into renewable power. Wind farms are located across a sparsely populated west Texas, far from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, where electric demand is concentrated.last_img read more

Five Rutland-area businesses get $104,141 in regional economic development grants

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Five Rutland-area businesses have been awarded a total of $104,141 in Regional Economic Development Grants sought by Rutland Economic Development Corp. (REDC) and provided by the State of Vermont. The awards were announced at REDC’s annual meeting last week. REDC applied for the grants on behalf of Carpenter & Costin, Awesome Graphics, Ann Clark Cookie Cutters, Vermont Maple Sriracha, and BalanceWorks, all businesses located in Rutland County.“Investment spurred by the grants will create 20 new jobs in the area and increase productivity through the purchase of equipment and facilities improvements,” said Lyle Jepson, executive director of REDC.  “The recipients of the grants are businesses from a variety of sectors, each one in a position to grow due to the success they’ve generated.  The grants will help facilitate that growth.”“The demonstrated demand for these incentives speaks for itself,” said Tyler Richardson, an assistant director of REDC.  “Five businesses in five months were funded for projects that will increase growth and create good jobs.  Each business had plans to grow and they were ready, and these grants incentivized them to turn their plans into action.  We’ve received a number of additional inquiries about this program from all types of businesses who are in similar stages of growth.  The money is gone for this year, but the demand is not. This is a valuable program.”Regional Economic Development Grants are available to regional development corporations, municipalities and nonprofits to create job growth and improvements to buildings and community facilities.  Maximum grant amounts are $25,000 per project and require a 1:1 matching investment.  All grants have been awarded for the current year, but the program is expected to resume mid-2017.Carpenter & Costin is a locally-owned company specializing in landscape design and maintenance, offering a full range of landscaping services throughout the year.  “We are committed to creating and maintaining beautiful, functional spaces, with a commitment to providing quality and value to each customer,” said Russ Marsan, co-owner.  “Because of the quality of the service we provide, we continue to grow.  With assistance from this grant, we are in the process of purchasing a new location which will allow us to expand our operation.”Awesome Graphics is an award winning, family owned and operated printing and design company, in business since 1994.  “Utilizing the latest technology, we provide a variety of stunning, high resolution printing products at aggressive pricing,” said co-owner Tami Napolitano.  “We have outgrown our space, and in order to meet the demand of a consistently increasing customer base we need to modify our facility and add staff.  This grant was the incentive we needed to begin this project now.”Ann Clark Cookie Cutters (www.annclarkcookiecutters.com(link is external)) is the largest cookie cutter manufacturer in America, producing 2.6 million units per year for customers worldwide. “With help from this grant, we are able to purchase equipment and supplies that will allow us to increase production to 6 million units per year and add 10 full-time positions by 2020,” said Ben Clark, CEO of Ann Clark Cookie Cutters.  “We will be looking to add sales positions, production floor workers, and technicians.”Vermont Maple Sriracha was founded in 2014 by Jackson Whelan and Lenny Montuori.  The success of the company’s signature sriracha sauce has lead to the development of additional products.  “We’ve expanded our distribution network, we have a distinctive brand and we know how to market our products,” said Whelan.  “We need to hire a full-time marketing associate to implement our marketing strategy, but unfortunately our facility isn’t adequate to accommodate an additional person.  This grant will help us renovate our space, allow us to hire, and allow us to grow.” The BalanceWorks grant was announced in May.Jepson said REDC will continue to pursue these grants for Rutland County businesses as long as they are available, and thanked members of the committee that awarded the grants:  Sen. Kevin Mullin of Rutland, Rep. William Botzow of Bennington, Department of Buildings and General Services Commissioner Michael Obuchowski, and Commissioner Joan Goldstein of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.“The Regional Economic Development Grants are a great opportunity for small businesses to create jobs and grow our economy,” Mullin said.  “We congratulate REDC for their efforts to bring forward five very worthy applications that we were pleased to fund.”Source: REDC. November 1, 2016 For more information about this grant program, contact Tyler Richardson at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-770-7067.last_img read more