New transmission line could boost solar in Florida

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A $400 million, 176-mile transmission line that will connect Gulf Power Co.’s service territory in the Florida panhandle to Florida Power & Light Co. customers in the state’s northeast could boost the value of solar generation for both utilities thanks to their time zone difference.Optimizing solar is one of several potential benefits likely to factor into any decision by NextEra Energy Inc. to merge its two regulated subsidiaries into one utility, along with other corporate and regulatory obligations it could streamline through a merger.During NextEra Energy’s investor conference June 20, Gulf Power President Marlene Santos said management is assessing the impacts of merging flagship utility FPL and Gulf Power, which NextEra purchased from Southern Co. in 2018. As of June 26, NextEra Energy said it is still reviewing all options on what combining the two companies would mean for customers currently served by FPL and Gulf Power.FPL serves nearly 5 million customers in southern Florida as well as the state’s northeast, while Gulf Power has about 460,000 customers in the Florida panhandle. Since the panhandle is in the Central Time Zone, while the rest of Florida is in Eastern Time Zone, Gulf Power’s North Florida Resiliency Connection transmission project could help with electricity demand and solar generation.“Once the line is built, it’s very possible that solar in Gulf’s territory monitors very valuable because it is time shifted from where most of the load is,” NextEra Chairman, President and CEO Jim Robo said during the investor presentation. “You will be able to deliver solar at that last hour when the sun is setting, but it hasn’t set yet where Gulf is.”Michael Goggin, vice president of consulting firm Grid Strategies LLC, said having larger grid operating areas connected by transmission allows utilities to better adjust to variance in weather and climate across different regions. In the case of FPL and Gulf Power, their time zone difference shifts supply and demand peaks for electricity and could help mitigate sudden demand surges, such as when people come home in the evenings or ramp up air conditioning during hot summer days.More ($): Solar could serve both utilities if NextEra combines FPL, Gulf Power New transmission line could boost solar in Floridalast_img read more

Vucic, VanderDuim for Dayak/ITF Futures 1st Leg Finals

first_imgVucic who came into the futures just last week as an underdog played his way into the main draws and eventually sent out Safwat in the second semi-finals 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in an interesting match at the centre court which lasted over three hours. Many had given the game to Safwat even before the match started but he played a mind game against Safwat to take the game. Safawat had beaten Vucic five times against Vucic two wins including last week’s second round loss to the Egyptian in the Tombim second leg tournament also in Abuja.Interestingly no Nigerian player made it to the second round of the Futures even as Moses Michael Balami Umoru lost their matches on Tuesday. They will now try again next week when the final leg of the Dayak/ITF Futures would be rounded off in AbujaThe duo of Nicolas Meister  of the United States ranked 720 by ITF and David Perez of Spain also yesterday won their match against the pair of Pirmin Haenle of Germany and Hunter Reese of the United states 6-4, 6-4. They will now take on the winner of the David Pael/Antal Van Der Duim and Karim Mohammed Maamoun and Vucic in the second semi-final.The first semi-final was shifted for yesterday evening following Thursday’s rain. Pel and Van Der Duim won the first set 6-4 before the Tournament referee Patrick Kamuhia of Kenya called it off.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The number four seed of the Dayak ITf Futures tournament Antal Van Der Duim of The Netherlands yesterday defeated number one seed David Perez Sanz of Spain 6-3,6-3 , 7-5 to qualify for the first leg  finals of the event .Currently ranked 299 by the International Tennis federation (ITF), Vander Duim  won the first leg of the Tombim Futures last month at the Centre Court of the National stadium Abuja  after beating Egyptian and Africa’s number three and tournament number two seed, Mohammed Safwat, will take on Ilija Vucic of Serbia ranked 1066.last_img read more