Start-Up Company Hopes to Change the Grid
A new company called Tres Amigas has applied for federal permission to “unite the nation’s electric grid.” The plan is to transmit renewable energy from remote regions to coastal cities by connecting the three networks of the North American electrical grid, which now operate independently.
Tres Amigas hopes to create a 20-square-mile power superstation in Clovis, NM, and work with transmission companies to buy and sell electricity across the country. Such transmission capabilities would create new opportunities for renewable energy, generally created in remote areas where transmission lines are scarce.
The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2014 and cost more than $1 billion. The company this week sought approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to move forward with the plan, which would be the first common interconnection for America’s three power grids. A decision could come in February 2010.
– Suzanne Bopp