Electric Transmission Texas (ETT), LLC has chosen to work with GE on its series compensation project, the largest such project in the U.S. GE will be installing eight series compensation banks at four facilities owned by ETT in western and central Texas in order to transmit energy from rural power generation facilities to high-consumption metropolitan areas.
A series compensation bank is a combination of series capacitors, varistors, and protection and control equipment placed on a steel platform at line potential and designed to inject VARs into the transmission grid to increase the flow of megawatts. GE will provide compensation banks that include bypass breakers, relay control houses and battery equipment to ETT. GE also will provide project management, installation services, training and long-term maintenance support. Over the course of the project, GE will provide ETT with nearly 4,000 MVARs of reactive support for the transmission system.
This project centers around providing transmission line access for wind power development in the western and panhandle regions of Texas. It is part of the larger US$7 billion competitive renewable energy zone initiative enacted by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and administered by the ERCOT.
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