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

Death toll from Maiduguri blasts hits 117

first_imgThe death toll from a series of Boko Haram related bomb blasts in Maiduguri in north eastern Nigeria has risen to at least 117, more than twice the official tally, hospital sources have said.a total of 72 deaths were registered at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, while another 45 bodies were taken to the mortuary located at the Borno State Specialist Hospital.Borno state’s capital has been hit repeatedly since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power on May 29.Buhari has promised to crush the Islamist militants’ insurgency.Nigeria’s military claims that the Islamist militants are a spent force and that its troops have driven them from their camps and now occupy territory in the remote region.The Sunday night blasts have however underlined the threat that the group still poses with its guerrilla-style tactics against soft civilian targets.Borno police on Monday said that 54 people died and a further 90 were wounded in the bombings which hit worshippers at a mosque, football fans watching a televised match and other bystanders.Locals however dispute these figures saying that at least 85 people had died and that some people had taken their loved ones killed in the blast directly for burial rather than to hospitals.last_img read more