Western to sponsor annual exchange

The fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange takes place Oct. 12 to 14 in Aspen, Colo. Western’s Energy Services program is providing a Green Level sponsorship for the event, which includes a display at the conference and recognition in all promotional materials. Western will co-chair program sessions on residential energy efficiency. The conference theme is “How Well Are Your Energy Programs Working?” Additional information may be found at Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange website.

Proposed Bill could cancel TIP

The Subcommittee on Water and Power, within the House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources, held a hearing Thursday on  H.R. 2915.  This bill would repeal Western’s borrowing authority that was granted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The borrowing authority is placed into law as an amendment to the Hoover Power Plant Act of 1984, and is carried out by the Transmission Infrastructure Program office. To hear what the issues are, you can watch the hearing on the Natural Resources Committee website.

Western, TWE execute development agreement for TransWest Express Transmission Project

A major milestone for the TransWest Express Transmission Project was reached Friday as the Western Area Power Administration and TransWest Express LLC announced an agreement to fund the project’s $50 million development phase.

The TWE Project development phase will determine the feasibility of constructing and operating a 725-mile, 600-kilovolt, direct current transmission line that would facilitate renewable energy delivery from Wyoming to the southwestern United States. The project would interconnect with the existing transmission grid near Rawlins, Wyo., and the Marketplace Hub, near Las Vegas, Nev.

Western’s Transmission Infrastructure Program will use its U.S. Treasury borrowing authority under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act amendement to the Hoover Power Plant Act of 1984 to fund 50 percent of the development phase. TWE , LLC will fund the other $25 million.

The press release in its entirety can be read in Western’s online Newsroom.

New process save linemen time

Helicopter assists DSW linemen with insulator change.

Desert Southwest linemen show us an example of an insulator change using an N619DE helicopter. This is a relatively new work process that began early this year. It allows repairs like this to be completed very quickly resulting in shorter outage times and much less cost compared to conventional methods such as bringing in a bucket truck. All required tools and hardware are also flown into the structure tower.

DSW linemen installing new insulator

The first step is the helicopter removes the old insulator from its cradle. The pilot then flies in the new insulator and sets the end of it onto the cradle of the old insulator. The linemen guide the new insulator horizontally into the cradle as the pilot lowers it down. The linemen then attach the insulator to hardware and conductor.