Monday, May 14, 2007

Local Wind Plants Linking to 12-State Grid

Background note: Pennsylvania is a net exporter of electricity.

Penelec, Gamesa vote near; Wind farms would be linked to electric transmission grid

HT: News Watch

The keepers of the regional power supply may vote next month on Penelec proposals to link area wind farms into the electric transmission grid.
About $13 million in projects are planned, mostly in Blair, Cambria and Somerset counties, as wind farms associated with Gamesa Energy USA sprout up.

A committee of PJM Interconnection received an update last week on the utility’s projects in Blair, Cambria and Somerset counties.

Utility companies make proposals to PJM, which conducts feasibility studies to estimate interconnection costs and construction time. The Transportation Expansion Advisory Committee must authorize new connections to the power grid before the PJM board gives its approval.

The PJM board is set to meet June 21.…

PJM oversees the power grid serving 51 million people in Pennsylvania, 12 other states and the District of Columbia….

By Mark Leberfinger

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