More wind power in Texas, part of an 1 GW initiative
ABB received an order worth more than $50 million from Electric Transmission Texas LLC as a part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) program. It helps increase renewable energy in Texas by up to 18 GW, making it one of the world’s largest land-based wind initiatives.
Wind power initiatives are expanding in Texas. ABB has won an order worth more than $50 million from Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT), to provide electrical equipment that will improve reliability, strengthen the existing transmission grid and facilitate the integration of wind power. The project, to be completed by 2013, is part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) program, aimed at increasing the contribution of renewable energy in Texas by up to 18 gigawatts (GW), making it one of the world’s largest land-based wind initiatives.
ABB will design, supply, install and commission four static var compensators (SVCs) at two sites. SVCs are part of ABB’s family of FACTS (flexible alternating current transmission systems) technologies, which help enhance the capacity, and flexibility of power transmission systems and also contribute to the development of smarter grids. FACTS technologies allow more power to reach consumers with minimal environmental impact, lower investment costs and shorter implementation times than the traditional alternative of building new power plants and transmission lines. They also help address voltage and frequency stability issues and enable the transmission system to run more efficiently.
ABB currently has more than 800 FACTS installations in operation or under construction around the world.
- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com
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