Wind power blows through the Midwest
This week, ITC Holdings, Novi, Mich., began a major electricity transmission project that will bring renewable energy from sparsely populated, wind-rich areas to heavily populated urban areas like Chicago and Minneapolis.
According to GreenBiz.com , this week ITC Holdings, Novi, Mich., began a major electricity transmission project that will bring renewable energy from sparsely populated, wind-rich areas to heavily populated urban areas like Chicago and Minneapolis. The “Green Power Express” will transmit 12,000 MW of power through transmission lines from wind farms in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa to larger cities in the Midwest.
The project is designed to improve the country’s electric infrastructure and switch from the centralized power generation plant model.
"The Green Power Express is in many ways the true definition of a 'smart grid'," said Joseph L. Welch, the CEO of ITC Holdings. "According to a study by CRA International, efficient movement of up to 12,000 MW of wind power through the Green Power Express would result in a reduction of up to 34 million metric tons in carbon emissions, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of about seven to nine 600 MW coal plants, or nine to eleven million automobiles."
The transmission lines will cover more than 3,000 miles and cost between $10 billionr to its energy supply in the next 15 years, it will take around 15,000 miles of new transmission lines to deliver it all to market.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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