Reactive power is needed to control system voltage for efficient and reliable

Reactive power is needed to control system voltage

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Reactive power is needed to control system voltage for efficient and reliable operation of the transmission system. Historically, the costs to design and build a wind generator that could provide reactive power were so high as to create an obstacle to the development of wind generators. Such costs have experienced a decline and the Commission has concluded that continuing to exempt such wind generators from the requirement to provide reactive power may be unduly discriminatory and preferential. Also, the Commission notes that the growing prevalence of wind generators increases the potential for reactive power deficiencies on transmission systems. The Commission proposes to modify its two proforma interconnection agreements, the Large GIA (for facilities larger than 20 MW) and the Small GIA to require all new wind generators seeking to interconnect and all existing wind generators making upgrades that require new interconnection requests, to provide reactive power. Comments on the proposal are due on January 25, 2016. FERC recommends reducing transmission rates to 10.32 per cent The FERC has recommended reduction in transmission rates to 10.32 per cent from 12.38 per cent. However the commission staff demanded an even further cut to 9.14 per cent. With this order, the FERC has also recommended ITC Holdings Corporation, the Novi- based power-line company that recently put itself up for sale, and almost two dozen other owners of transmission lines in the Midwest, to cut rates and pay refunds. Against this, transmission owners have argued that lowering the rate will compromise their ability to attract capital and could hinder progress in encouraging transmission investment. In October 2014, FERC lowered the rate in New England to 10.57 per cent after complaints by customers. The recent FERC decision is in line with expectations and supports a sale value as high as USD45 a share for ITC Holdings, the only publicly traded specialist in high voltage lines. If the FERC judge’s recommendations are approved, it marks the end of rates that have been in place for more than a decade. FERC had previously sought to encourage construction of high-voltage lines by setting rates above those typically allowed by state regulators. Industrial consumers had complained that they were being overcharged by as much as USD327 million a year. A final decision on this by FERC is expected in September 2016. New Hampshire SEC to host public meetings for Northern Pass project in January 2016 New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) has formally accepted the application of Eversource Energy Transmission Ventures LLC for the Northern Pass transmission project. The committee has also scheduled five public meetings for the project in January 2016. Northern Pass Project is a 192 mile (309.12 km) transmission line that will bring 1,000 MW of clean, affordable energy from Hydro-Québec’s hydroelectric plants in Canada to New Hampshire and to the rest of New England region.
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  • Fall '10
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  • Electric power transmission, Electricity distribution, Electricity market, CFE, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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