Tres Amigas Files with FERC for America's First Renewable
Energy Transmission Hub
Dec 09, 2009 - BUSINESS WIRE
Amigas, LLC today announced that it has submitted filings with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting regulatory approvals needed to move forward
with the Tres Amigas SuperStation, America's first renewable energy transmission
The SuperStation will be located in Clovis, New Mexico
and will for the first time provide the capability to transfer thousands of megawatts
of power between the three U.S. power grids -- or "Interconnections" -- known
as the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection and the Texas Interconnection
(also known as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT).
filings made by Tres Amigas request that FERC:
Tres Amigas, LLC with negotiated rate authority over the sale of transmission
rights through the SuperStation to allow power to be scheduled between the three
U.S. power grids; and
-- Preserve the status quo by disclaiming
jurisdiction over ERCOT following its connection to the Tres Amigas project.
announcing the Tres Amigas SuperStation in early October 2009, interest in and
support for the project has been simply overwhelming," said Tres Amigas, LLC Chief
Executive Officer Phil Harris. "The need for new transmission to take America's
renewable energy from its point of generation in remote areas to where it is needed
most is self evident. By enabling the exchange of wind, solar and geothermal power
between all three grids, the Tres Amigas SuperStation will help break our nation's
transmission bottleneck. We believe the merits of this project and the benefits
it will provide to the U.S. warrant FERC approval."
to highway rotaries or roundabouts used for traffic flow control, multiple power
transmission lines from each of the Interconnections will feed power into and
out of the Tres Amigas SuperStation through Superconductor Electricity Pipelines.
Tres Amigas will help ensure the efficient and reliable flow of power from multiple
generation sources in all three power grids to customers across a wide area of
"The United States is embarking on an aggressive
renewable energy plan, yet we lack a national transmission backbone to support
our vision," U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman stated. "By tying the nation's three power
grids together, the Tres Amigas station will catalyze the adoption of renewable
power while at the same time increasing the reliability of our electricity network,
which is fundamental to the expansion of the U.S. economy."
Tres Amigas project has received strong endorsements from the state of New Mexico
and key industry stakeholders. Following FERC approval, the company will begin
negotiating with transmission companies that would like to connect to the SuperStation.
Tres Amigas currently has letters of intent with four transmission companies and
is in discussions with others. The project is expected to be completed and operational
by the end of 2014.
About Tres Amigas, LLC
Amigas, LLC is uniting the nation's electric grid. Utilizing the latest advances
in power grid technology, Tres Amigas is focused on providing the first common
interconnection of America's three power grids to help the country achieve its
renewable energy goals and facilitate the smooth, reliable and efficient transfer
of green power from region to region. Tres Amigas, LLC is a merchant transmission
entity composed of electric utility industry operational, technology and thought
leaders. More information is available at www.tresamigasllc.com.
Tres Amigas, LLC