National Grid, an investor-owned utility, is putting in sensors from LineVision, a supplier of non-contact overhead energy line monitoring techniques, on transmission strains in western New York to extend grid capability and scale back curtailment of deliberate renewable era tasks.
The trouble would be the first occasion in New York the place Dynamic Line Ranking expertise shall be used to function transmission strains in actual time, permitting Nationwide Grid to additional optimize grid efficiency.
“We’re repeatedly searching for cost-effective methods to assist the mixing of renewable era in New York,” says Bart Franey, vp of fresh power improvement in New York for Nationwide Grid. “Primarily based on our earlier expertise with LineVision expertise, we count on we will unlock further transmission capability to assist meet these objectives. Figuring out the score of the transmission line helps us to grasp how a lot further energy we will transmit, which is crucial as we work in direction of the power transition.”
LineVision’s LineRate DLR software program and sensor platform shall be deployed on 115 kV transmission strains in upstate New York. For instance, one of many strains will transmit energy from, amongst different sources, a 125 MW utility-scale wind power undertaking offering energy to 37,000 households in Chautauqua County, N.Y.
“All through a number of phases of our work with Nationwide Grid in each Massachusetts and New York, we have now seen excellent outcomes, together with a median improve in transmission capability of over 30 p.c,” says Hudson Gilmer, co-founder and CEO of LineVision.
“This undertaking, together with 5 miles of circuit rebuilds, is projected to scale back curtailments by over 350 MW whereas rising capability by 190 MW,” Gilmer continues. “We are going to, in essence, have added sufficient capability to current energy strains to energy some 80,000-100,000 properties. We’re thrilled with these developments and are desirous to proceed our work collectively.”