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GE has announced that it will work with utility Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) to install eight series compensation banks at four different facilities owned by ETT in western and central Texas.

For this project, GE says it will provide series compensation banks, complete with bypass breakers, relay control houses and battery equipment to ETT. GE will also perform project management, installation, training and long-term maintenance services.

Over the course of the project, GE estimates it will provide ETT with nearly 4,000 MVars of reactive support for the transmission system.

The project, which is part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) initiative enacted by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and administered by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, centers around providing transmission line access for wind power development in the western and Panhandle regions of Texas.

“GE’s series compensation banks will enhance the reliability and throughput of the 345 kV transmission network being built, providing stability to the Texas CREZ system,” says Robert Turko, general manager of power delivery at GE’s Digital Energy Business. “Facilitating the distribution of clean, renewable power into Texas’s electrical grid is essential to meeting ever-increasing energy demands.”

Materials for this project will be shipped throughout the first and second quarters of 2013, with banks being installed and tested in the second half of the year. Commercial operation is slated to begin between October and November of 2013.


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