09.28.16: Beekmantown Signs Vermont Green Line License Agreement

Article originally appears in The Sun Community News

BEEKMANTOWN — The Vermont Green Line project is one step closer to becoming a reality.  Last week, town officials voted 4-0 (with one absent) to sign the license agreement allowing pipes to be placed underneath town roads.

The 6.7 miles of underground cable in Beekmantown will act as a mode of transportation for clean, carbon-free renewable energy under Lake Champlain through Vermont to New England states.

Mike Relyea of Amanus, a consulting group working with partners National Grid and Anbaric on the project, said two more hurdles need to be crossed before construction can start: New England Clean Energy RFP greenlighting the $650 million project and the New York and Vermont public service commission permitting the application.

Right now, over 20 bids, including Vermont Green Line, are being evaluated to see which contracts come out on top.

Results, Reylea said, are to be announced sometime this month.

“We’re pretty optimistic,” he said, referring to landing the contract.

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Vermont Green Line and Citizens Energy Announce Partnership

Collaboration to Assist Low-Income Energy Customers in Vermont

Wakefield and Waltham, MA, August 25, 2016— The Vermont Green Line today announced a new partnership with Citizens Energy Corporation to assist low-income Vermont residents with their energy needs.

By becoming an owner in the Vermont Green Line alongside National Grid, Citizens Energy will finance its share of the line and use its profits, in concert with the project partners, to help working families and others in need in Vermont.

Citizens Energy partners with utilities and experienced developers across the country to develop new high-voltage transmission lines. Under its unique model, Citizens Energy’s projects —now including the Vermont Green Line—increase grid reliability, unlock access to large quantities of renewable energy, and fund charitable programs for people living in the area, all at no additional cost to ratepayers.

“We are thrilled about this collaboration with Citizens,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric, the lead developer of Vermont Green Line. “It builds on the significant benefits the Vermont Green Line will bring to the state, including economic development, community investment, and lower market energy prices.”

The Vermont Green Line is being developed by Anbaric and National Grid, which joined forces in 2014 to develop transmission lines to bring cost-effective, renewable energy into New England. Their alliance is developing the Vermont Green Line, a proposed 60-mile, 400 megawatt HVDC transmission line linking wind and hydropower resources north and west of Beekmantown, New York, with New Haven, Vermont, via a cable to be buried along public roadways and submerged beneath the waters of Lake Champlain. With its global record of accomplishment in connection with such projects, the National Grid-Anbaric alliance offers unrivaled experience in the field of HVDC transmission development.

“Citizens Energy is excited to be a part of this effort to bring carbon-free, clean energy to the region – while continuing our corporate mission to use profits from successful ventures to assist those in need,” said Citizens Energy Chairman and President Joseph P. Kennedy II. “This project shows how building green transmission lines can benefit ratepayers and the environment while helping the most vulnerable families in our midst. We look forward to working with National Grid, Anbaric, and our friends in Vermont to deliver affordable clean energy through the Vermont Green Line.”

In California, Citizens has used profits from its ownership stake in the $1.9 billion SunrisePowerlink line to install photovoltaic solar systems on the rooftops of low-income families in the Imperial Valley, the poorest region of the state, at no cost to homeowners. The Solar Homes program has allowed households to cut their energy costs significantly and make air-conditioning more affordable in a region where summer temperatures soar over 110 degree and pose health risks to senior citizens, young children, and other vulnerable citizens.

Working with Vermonters, Citizens Energy will use its ownership in the Vermont Green Line to find similar ways to help low-income residents in the state cut their energy costs, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and take part in the clean energy revolution.

“We are grateful to Joe Kennedy and Citizens Energy for their partnership and innovative business model to use their profits to help those in need,” said Dean Seavers, US President for National Grid. “In addition to transitioning the region to a clean energy future, we are proud to give back to the many host communities that have been collaborative throughout the project’s progress.”

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 natural gas delivery company that serves the energy needs of more than 20 million people through its networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its Connect21 strategy in the U.S., National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). National Grid, in 2015 and 2016, was named by Newsweek to be the No.1 green utility in the US and UK.

About Citizens Energy Corporation
Citizens Energy Corporation, a Boston-based non-profit founded in 1979 by former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, has a long history of using revenues from successful commercial energy ventures to finance charitable programs to help the poor. Starting in the oil and natural gas industries, Citizens also launched innovative businesses in the health care, electricity trading, and energy conservation fields. More recently, the company expanded into the solar, wind and transmission industries – in every case using profits from its ventures to help the poor wherever it operates.

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08.03.16: Anbaric: Renewable Electricity Transmission Using High-Voltage Direct Current Technology

Article originally appears in CleanTechnica, 08.03.16

In an era of producing multiple forms of renewable electricity, the transmission of this high-voltage energy is becoming increasingly important.

Anbaric often uses high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, heralded as one of the “advanced transmission technologies” in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which provided for the development of a stronger energy infrastructure.

HVDC systems have been in use commercially worldwide since 1954, when the island of Gotland was connected to mainland Sweden via a 60-mile cable. Since then, more than 25 systems have been installed globally. Most often they are used in marine applications where the distance for AC installation is too great. Other times they are used in parallel with AC systems where they provide additional operating control for the system operator.

HVDC systems provide many advantages for installation and construction and can contribute greatly to reliable and flexible operation of an electrical grid. These include:

  • Higher efficiency in moving large amounts of power over long distances
  • Very high reliability with 98.5% availability
  • Full controllability when needed to react quickly to changes in AC frequency
  • System oscillations can be controlled independent of AC system variations or in response to AC system conditions
  • Improving the stability of AC systems, including increasing the stability of parallel AC lines
  • Overload capabilities and controllability that can be beneficial to overall system operations and reliability
  • Ability to provide reactive power control and support of AC voltage, frequency control, limitation of short-circuit current, and transmission at reduced voltage
  • Greatly reduced vulnerability to adverse weather conditions — such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or ice storms — for submarine and buried cable

Anbaric CEO Edward Krapels spent the first 30 years of his career as an energy consultant to governments and companies for Energy Security Analysis, Inc., a company he founded with Sarah Emerson. In 2000, Mr. Krapels left ESAI and founded Anbaric to participate in the development of electric transmission projects…(Read More)

Green Line Infrastructure Alliance Statement In Reaction To Energy Legislation Released 07.09.15

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to energy legislation released today by the Baker administration.

“We are very excited and encouraged by the Baker Administration’s energy legislation announced today.  The bill promotes the customer’s interest by allowing a clean energy two-fer: a wind and hydro combination.  This new combination of clean energy generation will help achieve our state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals in a very cost effective way.

“The proposal also recognizes that transmission is key to bringing the new clean energy into our region to meet our climate change goals.  We’re pleased it acknowledges opportunities to offer regional investments in infrastructure and broadens the field of potential, large-scale supply, increasing competition to the benefit of customers.  We look forward to working with the legislature and the Governor on a bill that allows the best clean energy proposals to move forward,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance
National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity and the need for more renewable energy.

Statement Regarding New England Clean Energy RFP

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to the public posting today of a coordinated RFP for clean energy resources with Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The RFP process, found at http://cleanenergyrfp.com/ is the launch of an effort by the three states to bring clean energy to the region’s grid.

“The Green Line Infrastructure Alliance welcomes this three-state effort as the first step of a collective approach in securing substantial amounts of reliable and affordable clean energy to the New England power grid.

“This RFP process sends a clear message that the states are looking for affordable, renewable energy to boost future economic growth. There are many different ways to bring this clean energy to people and businesses; we think there’s great value in a clean energy ‘two-fer’: combining hydropower with regional, land-based wind resources, all of which can be delivered by a new transmission line at a price lower than today’s costs,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

 

Statement from Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in Reaction to May 12, 2015 Legislative Hearing

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to May 12, 2015’s legislative hearing held by the Massachusetts Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy on the “state of energy”:

“Today, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy continues its welcome examination of the current state of our energy system. Their work is necessary and potentially jump-starts the next steps in the important transition of our energy supply from fossil to renewable fuels. Cost effective wind and hydroelectric power can be found in abundance in our region and the key is modernizing an electric grid that will deliver those precious resources,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid; the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance
National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity, and the need for more renewable energy. Follow GLIA on Twitter at @GreenLineIA.

Guest commentary: Real plans for clean energy

The Westerly Sun, 4.28.15

The Governors of New England convened a special meeting in Hartford on Thursday to discuss the perilous state of the region’s energy system. Special attention was paid to the infrastructure needed to avoid the serious fuel shortages that have plagued the electric industry during the last two winters, and the even more serious problems — including brownouts, blackouts and severe price spikes — that are expected to occur unless steps are taken to prevent them. Simply stated, the Governors acknowledged the need for clean energy infrastructure. (Read More)

Statement from Green Line Infrastructure Alliance Reacting to NE Governors’ Regional Energy Forum

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to today’s announcement following the New England Governor’s Regional Energy Forum:

“We commend the New England governors for collaborating on this issue and making it a top priority, because our energy challenges and opportunities are regional and no state can address them individually. Diversifying and greening the regional energy portfolio are ‘must-haves’ to ensure our economic and environmental well-being. The innovation of delivering wind power from Northern New England firmed up by abundant and affordable hydropower from Canada via large-scale transmission is cost-effective, buildable and will help states meet their clean energy requirements. New England’s residents and businesses deserve a clean, reliable, secure energy future and we look forward to working with the governors to be part of the solution,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance

National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity and the need for more renewable energy. Follow GLIA on Twitter at @GreenLineIA.
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Statement from Green Line Infrastructure Alliance In Reaction to Legislative Hearing on State of Energy

The statement below is from the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance in reaction to today’s legislative hearing held by the Massachusetts Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy on the “state of energy”:

“Today’s hearing on the state of energy in the region is a starting gun for the weeks ahead when some key decisions will be made on our energy future. Already, the Governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have called for proposals to boost the amount of clean energy flowing into Southern New England.  Transmission infrastructure will need to be part of unlocking the region’s clean energy resources.  Projects that combine wind and hydro resources are an efficient approach in terms of cost and permitting.  Wind and hydropower resources together make a perfect mix for policy makers looking to transition to a cleaner energy future and consumers and businesses seeking more stable prices,” said Ed Krapels, CEO of Anbaric Transmission, and Stan Blazewicz, Vice President of Business Development at National Grid, the leaders of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance.

About Green Line Infrastructure Alliance

National Grid, one of the world’s largest transmission companies and an energy provider with deep roots in the Northeast, and Anbaric, an innovative, proven transmission project developer, joined forces in 2014 as the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance. The alliance reflects the companies’ shared vision to help transform New England’s energy landscape while driving a healthy regional economy and environment. Together they will deliver a combination of two highly complementary sources of clean, abundant and affordable energy—onshore wind and hydropower—to the region. The alliance will work to develop large-scale, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission projects that combine wind and hydropower to address regional energy issues that are critical to policymakers and energy consumers such as rising prices, declining fuel diversity and the need for more renewable energy. Follow GLIA on Twitter at @GreenLineIA.

New England’s Energy Brokers Must Look Beyond Natural Gas

Boston Globe, 04.12.15

“Snow wasn’t the only thing piling up this winter: Massachusetts ratepayers also saw a bump in their electricity bills as New England’s aging infrastructure struggled to keep up with demand. The rate increase wasn’t a surprise. But the reasons why the prices rose — and the reasons why they are expected to rise again in the coming years — offer important lessons to lawmakers and regulators about how to ensure reliability and protect Massachusetts residents from future price hikes…”