Major wind developer, and others that include giant Equinor, predict millions in writedowns as first projects face tough economics, but proponents see a solid market that needs government attention to current obstacles.
Construction is set to begin later this year on the $3-billion TransWest Express Transmission Project, a 732-mile high-voltage interregional transmission system designed to deliver about 20,000 GW of renewable energy per year to western states and in early September on the estimated $8-billion SunZia transmission project that will carry an initial 3 GW of clean power to southwest U.S. markets.
Environmental rulings and delays ding Keystone XL, Dakota Access oil line builds, as Atlantic Coast gas line ends work; but NWP-12 permit is okayed for other energy projects and Dakota gets partial reprieve.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Dominion Energy’s proposed acquisition of South Carolina-based SCANA Corp., but ongoing issues related to SCANA’s role as a partial owner of the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear power plant expansion project continue to raise uncertainty surrounding the merger.
Dominion Energy has stopped work on 100 miles of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline following a court decision vacating a permit related to threatened and endangered species, while an effort continues to force a work stoppage on the entire project.
Dominion Energy’s troubled 500-kV overhead transmission line crossing the James River in historic Colonial Virginia has hit another challenge, but the company says there will be no further delay to the line’s completion date.