POWER Engineers-designed Transmission Projects Cited in 2009 Edison Awards
Transmission projects designed by POWER Engineers were singled out for excellence as the Edison Electric Institute announced its 2009 Edison Award winners Northeast Utilities (NU) and American Transmission Company (ATC).
The award, handed out in June in San Francisco, “recognizes US electric companies for outstanding leadership, innovation and advancement in the electric industry.”
NU, a Connecticut-based electrical transmission company that serves customers across New England, embarked on a series of upgrades to their transmission system, including the Glenbrook Cables Project, the Long Island Replacement Cable Project, the Middletown-Norwalk Project and the Bethel-Norwalk Project.
Although the institute handed out the award for NU’s efforts on all four major upgrade projects, the Bethel-Norwalk project stands out because it alone generated more than $150 million in congestion-related savings for the utility.
On that project, POWER Engineers was NU’s design engineer responsible for providing preliminary engineering through construction management for the addition and modifications to 115 kV transmission, more than 20 miles of new 345 kV overhead and underground transmission, three new transition stations and major modifications to two substations. POWER Engineers was also engaged on the Middletown-Norwalk Project, doing the detailed design for two major 345 kV substations.
ATC, which owns and operates the high voltage electric transmission system in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois, completed a 345 kV, 220-mile-long transmission line between Wausau, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, freeing up significant transmission constraints and improving electric reliability in the region.
POWER Engineers was ATC’s design engineer, responsible for preliminary engineering and final design, plus right of way acquisition and construction support on the multi-year project.
“POWER applauds both NU and ATC for these well-deserved awards,” said POWER Engineers’ executive vice president and T&D division manager Bill Eisinger. “We’re proud to have contributed on two landmark transmission projects that significantly improve the quality electricity grid in these two regions and look forward to working with both utilities on their next award-winning projects.”
# # #
About POWER Engineers
POWER Engineers is a consulting engineering firm specializing in energy, facilities, communications, and environmental. Founded in 1976, POWER Engineers is an employee-owned company with offices throughout the United States and abroad.