New Mexico, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Tres Amigas LLC announced that it received responses at a hearing on March 18, 2010 on the regulatory filings it submitted with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the Tres Amigas SuperStation. FERC’s orders granted Tres Amigas approval to sell transmission services for the SuperStation at negotiated rates.
The Commission stated that, upon receipt of an application under Federal Power Act sections 210 and 211, it could issue orders pursuant to those sections to allow Tres Amigas to proceed and interconnect with ERCOT without conferring FERC jurisdiction over ERCOT utilities.
At the hearing on March 18, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said, “This project, which is the first of its kind, will allow customers to trade power across the interconnections and to take advantage of opportunities to buy lower cost power from other regions. It may also open a new transmission path for customers interested in tapping the vast renewable energy potential in many parts of the country – Texas, the Southwest, the West and Northwest, the Southeast and the offshore Atlantic…Tres Amigas is a prime example of the creativity and pioneering thinking that our country needs to expand the ability of the transmission grid to reliably accommodate all sources of electricity generation, including renewable energy.”
The SuperStation will be located in Clovis, New Mexico and will for the first time provide the capability to transfer thousands of megawatts of power between the three U.S. power grids, or interconnections, known as the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection and the Texas Interconnection (also known as ERCOT).
Similar to highway rotaries or roundabouts used for traffic flow control, multiple power transmission lines from each of the Interconnections will feed power into and out of the Tres Amigas SuperStation through Superconductor Electricity Pipelines from American Superconductor Corporation. Tres Amigas aims to meet the need for new transmission infrastructure that can enable the nation to maximize its tremendous wind, solar, hydro and geothermal renewable energy assets.