21 Apr '11, 5pm

Alstom Gets Contract for High Voltage DC at Tres Amigas: Alstom Grid has won the contract, worth at least 150

Alstom Grid has won the contract, worth at least 150 million Euros, to deliver the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter to the Tres Amigas Superstation. The 750 megawatt/345 kilovolt converter will play at central role at Tres Amigas. The station -- to be located near Clovis, New Mexico -- will connect the Eastern, Western and Texas interconnects, thereby giving the U.S. the semblance of a national grid. Overall, the project will cost more than $600 million. Ideally, the station will make it easier to integrate renewables into the grid, as well as to swap power from one region to the other. All that wind power in Texas that gets generated at night can now get shipped to the Las Vegas Strip. Another expected benefit from Tres Amigas: fewer blackouts. In the last 20 years, blackouts have increased 124 percent in the United States. Construction begins next year and id...

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