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Smart-Grid Infrastructure: Large Nevada Transmission Line Proposed January 21, 2009

Filed under: Geothermal,Nevada,Smart Grid — nwrenewablenews @ 1:43 pm
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For years, utility industry executives and regulators have longed to have one transmission line that directly connected Nevada Power Co. of Las Vegas with Reno-based Sierra Pacific Power Co.

The two companies, now both known as NV Energy, have been isolated from each other although they are part of the same holding company, NV Energy Inc.

A few weeks ago, LS Power of East Brunswick, N.J., was approved to build a transmission line on the east side of Nevada linking Las Vegas with transmission lines near Ely that run to Reno. LS Power hasn’t said whether it can sell enough transmission capacity to make the line feasible.

Now, Vulcan Power Co. of Bend, Ore., wants to build a second line on the west side of Nevada.

Vulcan wants state approval to build a 347-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line that would run from Yerington in the north to Jean in the south, giving Las Vegas and Southern California access to geothermal power resources in northern Nevada.

NV Energy continues to plan its own transmission lines on both sides of the state, spokesman Adam Grant said.

Vulcan is seeking Public Utilities Commission approval under the state’s Utility Environmental Protection Act. Separately, the company has applied to the federal Bureau of Land Management for a 200-foot right of way.

The transmission line would interconnect with Vulcan’s planned line that would run from Fernley to Bishop, Calif. The Fernley-Bishop line is undergoing environmental review, and Vulcan expects to start building it later this year.


3 Responses to “Smart-Grid Infrastructure: Large Nevada Transmission Line Proposed”

  1. H. Smith Says:

    Please stop confusing new transmission lines with the Smart Grid — –Smart Grid isn’t about new infrastructure projects. Smart Grid is about making our existing grid more sophisticated with sensors, wireless communication, advanced software and powerful computers that will connect electricity customers and suppliers in real time.

  2. nwrenewablenews Says:

    Thanks for the comment.

    You are correct that the smart grid is about making our existing grid more sophisticated. But, the smart grid is not possible without improving our aging transmission infrastructure first. Huge improvements are needed before the smart grid is a reality outside of a handful of high-end towns and developments. The smart grid is about more than fancy software and computers; it is about beefing up our transmission infrastructure so that smart-grid technologies can be available to the masses. If you add smart-grid technologies to an existing infrastructure that wasn’t designed to handle such complications we’ll end up with more problems than we have now, and it will be much, much more expensive in the long run.


  3. liostech Says:

    Read more on smart-grid technologies for existing or new trnasmission lines. The fibre optic monitoring system for overhead lines is an inexpensive and highly reliable method that enables real-time monitoring of an entire network or of selected critical spans.

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