New England States Team Up On Green Energy Needs

New England States Team Up On Green Energy Needs

Providence Journal, via Associated Press, 01.31.16

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have dozens of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals.

All told, 51 proposals need to be vetted in coming months as the three states look to sign long-term contracts for electricity from wind turbines, dams and solar projects, said Matthew Beaton, secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

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Press Release: Leading Wind Developer Joins Transmission Experts To Deliver Clean Energy For New England

Press Release: Leading Wind Developer Joins Transmission Experts To Deliver Clean Energy For New England

Experienced group submits plans today to CT, MA and RI

Released 01.28.16

WAKEFIELD/WALTHAM, MA – New England’s clean energy future received a big boost today as three experienced organizations filed a proposal to diversify the region’s energy supply, adding clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal, dubbed “The Wind and Hydro Response,” is designed to fit the request by Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts for more clean energy to help fuel the region’s future growth.

Invenergy, the largest independent owner and operator of renewables, is a US-based company with significant industry leading experience building wind energy facilities. The company will deliver its renewable energy to the ISO New England bulk transmission system through the Vermont Green Line. Hydro-Québec, North America’s largest generator of hydropower, will supplement these deliveries to ensure that a firm block of clean, renewable energy is delivered around the clock.

The Vermont Green Line is being developed by Anbaric and National Grid, which joined forces in 2014 to develop transmission lines to bring renewable energy into New England. Their alliance created the Vermont Green Line, a proposed 60-mile, 400 megawatt electric transmission cable system designed to link Beekmantown, New York with New Haven, Vermont via a cable to be buried along public roadways and submerged beneath the waters of Lake Champlain.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 10,300 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities both in the U.S. and abroad, and now proposes to build a new wind generation facility for this project— the Bull Run Energy Center. The company has developed and commissioned 64 wind farms across the United States and in Canada and Europe, totalling over 5,444 MW, and another 1,265 MW of wind projects is either under contract or under construction. This new wind project, located approximately 20 miles northwest of Plattsburgh, NY, could deliver up to 400 MW.

The wind energy would be supplemented with hydropower supplied over the existing transmission grid by Hydro-Québec. The company will supply “The Wind and Hydro Response” up to 400 MW of new, verified hydropower generated by its Québec hydropower stations.

The Vermont Green Line will deliver enough clean electricity to power 400,000 homes and is expected to save New England energy customers $500 million, according to a study released last fall.

“Invenergy works to solve the energy challenges that face our communities and we are proud to work with Hydro-Québec, Anbaric and National Grid on this exciting opportunity in New England,” said Invenergy’s Vice President of Development, Kevin Parzyck. “Combining wind generation with firming hydro will positively transform energy supply in the region.”

“Our collaborative effort advances New England’s transition to clean energy,” said Edward Krapels, CEO of Anbaric. “We believe that our combined track record of success will prove to be a clear differentiator as we submit our response to the Clean Energy Request for Proposals from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” Krapels added.

“This project offers a multitude of wins for the region, the states that issued the RFP and the project host states,” said Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid. “The region will benefit from the addition of a significant amount of new, clean energy; electricity customers will see lower prices, and the host communities will gain additional revenues and economic development opportunities.” He added, “We look forward to delivering these benefits and helping New England transition to a clean, secure energy future.”

About Invenergy:

Invenergy drives innovation in energy. Invenergy provides power generation and storage solutions at scale around the world to create a cleaner energy future. Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas and Europe. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 10,300 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities. For more information, please visit www.invenergyllc.com.

About Anbaric:

Anbaric, headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, has a track record of leadership in developing competitively selected High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission projects in New York. Anbaric’s corporate mission is to develop innovative, large electric infrastructure projects. As a developer, Anbaric invests in projects that will have long life spans, the foremost being electric transmission assets. Anbaric is also developing a series of large microgrids, known too as distributed energy systems. For more information, please visit www.anbaric.com.

About National Grid:

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. In Britain, National Grid runs the systems that deliver gas and electricity across the country. In the Northeast U.S., National Grid connects more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources.

National Grid has articulated a strategy called Connect21 to respond to rising customer expectations and opportunities for innovation in the U.S. It aims to transform our pre-digital 20th-century energy infrastructure to meet the needs of an increasingly robust and agile 21st-century digital economy with a range of data-driven, value-added services. Connect21 outlines the ways National Grid will make smart, significant investments in our networks to allow customers increased flexibility, speed, and choice.

Wind-energy Transmission Line Proposed

Wind-energy Transmission Line Proposed

Press-Republican, 01.28.16

BEEKMANTOWN — A transmission line proposed from Beekmantown to New Haven, Vt., would be used to deliver electricity generated by a new wind farm proposed in northern Clinton County.

It also carries the promise of hundreds of jobs and other economic impacts.

Massachusetts-based Anbaric is working with National Grid to gain approval for the $600 million Vermont Green Line, an underground high-voltage direct-current line.

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Leading Wind Developer Joins Transmission Experts in New England Power Scheme

renewableenergymagazine.com, 01.28.16

New England’s clean energy future received a big boost Thursday as three experienced organizations filed a proposal to diversify the region’s energy supply, adding clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The proposal, dubbed “The Wind and Hydro Response,” is designed to fit the request by Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts for more clean energy to help fuel the region’s future growth.

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National Grid Presents Vermont Green Line Proposal

National Grid Presents Vermont Green Line Proposal

Article originally appears on suncommunitynews.com, 01.26.16

BEEKMANTOWN — Torn up roads and loud construction sites possibly lie ahead for Beekmantown residents.

A few weeks ago, Joe Rossignoli of National Grid and Mike Relyea of Amanus, a consulting group that is working with Anabaric on an energy transfer project, presented their finalized proposal of the Vermont Green Line project to the town council.

The project aims to bring clean and affordable on-shore wind and hydropower to New England via a new 400 megawatt high power DC transmission line.

The $650 million proposed project will require 6.7 miles of underground cable in New York.

The line will carry DC wind power from new wind farms in the northern part of Clinton and Franklin counties 40 miles under Lake Champlain and 13.3 miles to a station in New Haven, Vermont, where power would then be distributed to southern New England communities.

“It’s an ongoing process,” Relyea said “But we plan on working with the county and community and answer any questions they may have.”

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