Linemen News: March

Highlights from the World of Linemen News

Here are some industry news and information articles from around the web, just for you.
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Iowa hits 32 percent wind power mark, leading U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has become the first state in the nation to derive more than 30 percent of its electricity from wind energy.
The American Wind Energy Association says more than 31 percent of the state’s electricity came from wind turbines last year. South Dakota was at 25.5 percent and Kansas at 23.9 percent.
Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa has the potential to jump above 40 percent in the next five years.
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American Transmission puts Quad County project in service

Shortly after it filed an application with Wisconsin regulators for a new $30 million, 115-kV project, American Transmission Co. (ATC) placed its Quad County Electric Reliability Project into service on Jan. 27, an ATC spokesperson told TransmissionHub Feb. 25.

The Quad County project in Wisconsin was completed three weeks ahead of schedule, with a final cost of $44 million, which was 5 percent under budget, the ATC spokesperson said.
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Crews Clean Up After Fierce February Storms


Various utility crews across the Midwest, Southeast and East stepped up once again to restore infrastructure and power after fierce February storms. Utilities took to social media to share updates, report damage and reassure customers after a deadly storm sparked dozens of tornadoes across the Southeast last Wednesday.
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California ISO transmission plan includes more renewables, energy storage


The California ISO posted a draft of the 2016-2017 transmission study plan, laying out the grid requirements to meet state energy policy objectives such as renewable resources, energy storage efforts and an increased use of distributed generation.

The plan addresses transmission needs through the 2017-2026 planning horizon, noting that the increased renewable portfolio standard of 50 percent by 2030 is beyond the planning horizon.
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FPL spends $46 million on smart grid technology investments


Florida Power & Light Co. announced that its investments in developing a stronger and smarter grid continued to pay off for its customers in 2015, contributing to the best reliability performance in the company’s history and delivering more than $46 million in operational savings, which helped to keep bills low.
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