in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

The California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) board of governors has approved the participating transmission owner application for Valley Electric Association Inc. (VEA), a rural electric cooperative based in Pahrump, Nev.

VEA, with service area in both Nevada and California, says it is the first member-owned co-op to join CAISO. The co-op's service territory covers 6,849 square miles in Nye, Clark, Esmeralda and Mineral counties in Nevada, and parts of Mono and Inyo counties in California.

“We are pleased with the vote by the board of governors and continue to look forward to becoming a participating transmission owner as of January [2013],” says Thomas H. Husted, CEO of VEA. “The benefits to the ratepayers of Nevada and California are numerous. This is a key step toward expanding regionalization of the Western transmission grid.”

Upon execution of a transmission control agreement, VEA says it will become a participating transmission owner, subject to approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Hybrid Energy Innovations

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

To Help Combat Costly Electricity Theft, Emerging Markets Turn To Smart Grid Infrastructure

According to a new report, the world loses a whopping $89.3 billion to electricity theft annually, and emerging country markets are feeling a majority of the pain.


Report: Utilities Face Big Revenue Cuts From Distributed Energy Resources

According to a new report from Accenture, the growth of solar and other resources, such as energy storage, could mean significant losses for utilities.


NextEra To Acquire Hawaiian Electric In $4.3 Billion Merger Deal

If approved, the agreement between the two energy companies would produce one of North America's largest renewable energy players.


EPA Racks Up Over 1.6 Million Comments On Carbon Pollution Plan

Months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan, which will create new regulations for existing power plants, the agency says it has received loads of feedback to consider.


Smart Grid Interest Continues To Spread Among U.S. Rural Utilities

A new survey gauges rural smart grid efforts across the country and offers key findings, one of which is that nearly all utilities polled are doing something to modernize their systems.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180