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Emera seeks permit for subsea line; Vogtle project gets green light to proceed

MISO recommends 500-kV project in Entergy service area for competitive bidding

The Midcontinent ISO will ask its board of directors to approve an estimated $130 million transmission project in the Entergy Corp. service area to be developed through a competitive process, only the second time the grid operator will have done so.

Emera seeks US permit for 1,000-MW subsea transmission cable from Canada

Emera Inc. applied with the U.S. government for a permit to build its proposed undersea Atlantic Link transmission line from Canada's Maritime provinces to near Boston.

Developer seeks FERC approvals tied to large offshore wind transmission project

The developer of a large offshore power transmission project designed to deliver power produced by wind projects off the shore of Massachusetts to the ISO New England transmission grid is asking federal regulators for needed key approvals.

New Mexico approves 345-kV line for Xcel Energy

New Mexico regulators approved the final phase of a 345-kV transmission line project to be built by Xcel Energy Inc. subsidiary Southwestern Public Service Co. to address reliability needs in eastern New Mexico and west Texas.

Hydro-Québec cleared to build 320-kV DC line to New Hampshire

Hydro-Québec, the provincial government-owned utility, said it received clearance from Quebec regulators to construct the 80-kilometer Canadian leg of a transmission project that could be the first link in the proposed US$1.6 billion Northern Pass project.

Eversource, National Grid finish $129M, 345-kV power line for New England

Eversource Energy and National Grid USA completed construction of their joint Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, a $129 million transmission line that seeks to improve reliability in southern New Hampshire and the Greater Boston area.

Ga. regulators approve nuclear project's continued construction

Georgia regulators gave the green light for construction to continue at the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant expansion, in a win for Southern Co. unit Georgia Power Co. and the nuclear industry.

Cape Wind developers finally abandon ship

Cape Wind Associates said it has stopped developing the 468-MW project and is surrendering its federal lease for 46 square miles in the Nantucket Sound, The Cape Cod Times (Mass.) reported.

Developer to try again for 400-MW SD wind farm

Geronimo Energy will reapply for approval of its proposed 400-MW wind farm in eastern South Dakota following a decision by state regulators to maintain a previous rejection of the project.

Suncor Energy plans to install 700 MW of cogeneration units at oil sands plant

Suncor Energy Inc. submitted a plan with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to replace coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its oil sands base plant to remain globally cost and carbon competitive.

TransAlta to accelerate coal-to-gas switching at 2 plants with new gas pipeline

TransAlta Corp. is accelerating the time frame for its planned coal-to-gas switching at two power facilities with a new 120-kilometer natural gas pipeline.

Abandonment too costly, British Columbia goes ahead with Site C hydro facility

British Columbia's government said it will construct the Site C hydroelectric project even though costs have ballooned to C$10.7 billion, saying that the nearly C$4 billion cost to abandon the project is too high for taxpayers to bear.

Duke Energy 402-MW advanced gas plant gets OK over staff objections

Duke Energy Corp. subsidiary Duke Energy Carolinas LLC recently received the green light from North Carolina regulators to build a 402-MW addition at its Lincoln Combustion natural gas-fired power plant using Siemens Corp.'s latest gas turbine technology despite staff concerns.

1 year later, US looks to replicate Block Island Offshore Wind's success

One year after the Block Island Offshore Wind project, the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters, went into full commercial operation, the budding industry has high hopes for replicating that success in other states.