in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

Pattern Energy Group LP says its Southern Cross transmission project has obtained final regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), enabling the company to move forward with the high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission tie between ERCOT in Texas and the transmission grid in the southeastern U.S.

"Southern Cross is an innovative transmission project that will allow Texas to share its abundant low-cost wind energy resources with its neighbor states to the southeast," says Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. "We appreciate the assistance we've received from the many parties in Texas who worked with us on securing this order and are excited to now be able to move forward with this unique project."

The orders issued by FERC followed a compliance filing earlier this year and are in response to applications initially filed by Pattern Development in September 2011. FERC announced four orders: the City of Garland, Texas, must interconnect with Southern Cross; Oncor Electric Delivery Co. and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric must provide transmission service for power flows into and out of ERCOT; the approval of an associated Offer of Settlement among the parties; and affirmation that neither the order nor the Offer of Settlement would cause ERCOT, Oncor, CenterPoint or any other ERCOT utility or other entity that is not already a public utility to become a "public utility" as defined by the Federal Power Act.

Pattern Development's team of transmission experts has developed other transmission projects, including the Trans Bay Cable project under San Francisco Bay.


Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

Grid-Scale Energy Storage Continues Making Inroads

A new report from Navigant Research highlights the biggest markets and most popular technologies for grid-scale energy storage.


Demand Response And Renewables Help SDG&E Tackle Record-Breaking Heat Wave

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recorded peak demand records last week and relied heavily on energy conservation, as well as imported wind and solar power, to keep the lights on.


Report: Utility-Scale Renewables Keep Getting Cheaper

A new study suggests the levelized costs of energy of utility-scale wind and solar power are catching up with those of traditional sources, even without subsidies.


Duke Energy Commits $500M To Major Solar Expansion In N.C.

The utility company says the investment will help further diversify its portfolio, as well as increase solar power for its North Carolina customers by 60%.


Sensus Issues Refund To SaskPower After Smart Meter Woes

As SaskPower continues to swap out its Sensus units following several meter failures, the two companies have reached an agreement in order for the utility to recover costs.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180
Future Energy_id187