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High Voltage Electricity Lines Bring Renewable Energy to the Grid- MA, RI, Cape Cod

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 09, 2013

Many states are trying to increase their potential for- and use of- wind power. A key problem however is the lack of high-voltage electric lines to connect the areas where turbines churn out power to the regions that need the power.

It isn’t easy to build power lines, particularly those that would have to stretch across several states. A complex — and sometimes conflicting — patchwork of federal and state rules apply.

Building transmission lines is a process, that once complete, can add renewable energy to the grid faster.

The location of power-transmission lines is increasingly important as state renewable energy targets drive investments in wind and solar power. President Obama’s ambitious renewable energy goals and his plan to tackle climate change have further raised the stakes.

The nation’s aging power grid wasn’t designed for today’s demand. For decades, the setup was relatively simple: High-voltage electric lines connected major coal, gas or nuclear plants to nearby communities that needed the power. More than 200,000 miles of transmission lines crisscross the country.

Now, as government incentives and technological advances spur investments in wind and solar energy, experts see a need for more transmission lines to link scattered turbines and solar panels to the grid — especially as the U.S. demand for energy rises again after dipping during the recession. As recently as five years ago, the country was building about 1,000 miles of transmission lines each year. That rate has more than doubled, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corp., and it’s expected to reach 3,600 miles a year by 2018.

For information on transmission line construction, contact ElecComm.

Excerpts - Washington Post

Power Line Construction for Wind Farms in RI and MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

This week, the US government is going to sell competitive leases for wind energy through an auction for leases for wind farms off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The area, which is 9 nautical miles off the coast of Rhode Island, sitting between and to the south of Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard, will be auctioned as two leases. It is estimated that the area could support enough electricity to power more than 1 million homes.

To go with the infrastructure of a wind farm, the high-voltage electric lines are needed in order to bring the power from the turbines to the grid.
 
It isn’t easy to build power lines, especially if they are too carry power across states or oceans. Several complex federal and state rules need to be followed and understood so that there is no delay in the completion of the wind energy projects which can affect investments. Electric line construction companies experienced in project management will more easily jump the impending hurdles.

There are currently no offshore wind farms in the United States, however, several are being developed in state and federal waters. For more information on building power lines for wind farms, contact ElecComm.

ElecComm is Hiring Underground Electrical Cable Installers and Pullers in Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ElecComm is currently looking for Underground Electrical Cable Installers and Pullers. Role and responsibilities includes: installing and constructing of plant and equipment; directs and trains employees of an equal or lower rating; and incumbents work under general supervision.

The position includes directing and performing functions associated with cable, electrical equipment, and conduit to install, and/or remove. Operates trucks and equipment of any size in conjunction with inspecting, installing, connecting, disconnecting of conductors, and other plant and equipment. Assist or be assisted by personnel of a higher, equal, or lower rating for all tasks within the line of progression.

Must have full knowledge of: The Fundamentals of electricity; the layout, functions and construction of the underground electric system; the theory and practices of splicing, the standards and specifications for installation, removal and repair of he underground electric systems; the practices, principles of operations and the proper applications of equipment as prescribed by the Company for safety and first aid.

For more information, click UG Lineworker Leader, or contact ElecComm by calling 866-466-2931.

4000 Without Power in Boston - ElecComm Crews Mobilizes to Assist NStar Restore Power

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 15, 2012

ElecComm crews mobilized to the City of Boston to assist NStar with the restoration of power and have worked around the clock. There are still 4000 without power.

ElecComm responded to the NSTAR power outage with several crews and helped to restore power to the City of Boston. ElecComm crews ran 13,000 Volt lines along Stuart St. and spliced cable. They also ran cable in the Marriott downtown. ElecComm was ready and dispatched to various locations in the City of Boston.

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Below is the original article from Boston.com:

BOSTON — About 4,000 customers remain without power a day and a half after a smoky electrical transformer fire in Boston's Back Bay area knocked out electricity to about 21,000.

NStar crews worked through the night into Thursday morning.

NStar said the goal is to get everyone back online by about noon Thursday.

The utility installed temporary cables and dozens of generators to bring back power until permanent repairs can be made, but the extensive work was taking longer than first expected.

There were still traffic restrictions, but no problems were reported. The Massachusetts Turnpike's Exit 22 ramps to Copley Square and Prudential Center were closed to allow for the electrical work.

All subway stations in the area reopened Wednesday afternoon.

Source: Boston.com

Solutions for All Underground, Overhead and Fiber Optics

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 07, 2012

If you are looking for turn-key services in everything to do with overhead and underground, distribution and telecommunication systems, and design and construction, contact ElecComm.
 
We are an independent construction and fiber-optic cable company with innovative, end-to-end, turnkey solutions 24/7 with a storm response team that is always available. We serve clients like electric companies, ISP’s, and municipalities.
 
ElecComm installs, removes and maintains underground and overhead high and low voltage electric, fiber optic cable and communication distribution systems in any type of environment or if you need an entirely new system, we can handle it. We pay strict attention to regulatory safety standards.

We specialize in the construction, engineering and maintenance in the telecommunications industry in New England. After all, we are one of the largest underground and overhead high/low voltage electric and communications line construction companies in New England; contact us.


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