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US government to roll out PROTECT Act 2019 for cyber security [free access]

October 10, 2019
The US government is considering bipartisan legislation to boost the defenses of the nation's power grid against cybersecurity threats. The Bill—Protecting Resources on the Electric Grid with Cybersecurity Technology Act, or PROTECT Act of 2019—would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to study how to encourage public utility investment in advanced cyber security technology, and utilities’ participation in cyber security threat information sharing programmes.

NMPRC approves PNM’s acquisition of Western Spirit transmission project 

October 10, 2019
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) has approved the acquisition of Western Spirit transmission project from Renewable Energy Transmission Authority of New Mexico (RETA) and San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (doing business as Pattern Development), by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) – the wholly-owned subsidiary of PNM Resources.

USDA to invest USD251 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states 

October 9, 2019
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced its investment worth USD251 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states.

PacifiCorp announces draft 2019 Integrated Resource Plan 

October 8, 2019
US power company PacifiCorp, has released its draft 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), unveiling its intention to add 7,000 MW of new renewable energy and battery storage by 2025, and a total of 13,700 MW by 2038.



Latin America News


Brazilian BNDES allots BRL1.8 billion loan for 525 kV project in Rio Grande do Sul 

October 10, 2019
Brazilian state-owned Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) or the National Bank for Economic and Social Development has granted a loan of BRL1.76 billion to Chimarrao Transmissora de Energia, a special purpose vehicle (SPE) formed by Cymi Construções e Participações—a member of the Spanish group ACS, and the equity investment fund Brasil Energia—a member of the Canadian group Brookfield, to connect wind projects in the country's south to the grid.

Debate on private investment in power transmission surfaces in Panama 

October 9, 2019
The debate to allow private investment in the power transmission segment has kicked off in Panama. The concession period of Panama’s state transmission company, Empresa de Transmision Electrica (ETESA), is ending in 2025.

Mexican government to focus on energy and infrastructure sectors in 2020 

October 7, 2019
The Mexican government has recently issued the general criteria of economic policy for the country's 2020 annual budget. The document describes several undertakings to trigger economic growth in Mexico in the upcoming year.

Brazilian TAESA energises Miracema–Lajeado transmission project in Brazil 

October 3, 2019
Brazilian electric power transmission company, Transmissora Alianca de Energia Eletrica SA (TAESA), has energised the Miracema–Lajeado Transmission Line and Associated Network Project in Brazil ahead of schedule.



Asia-Pacific News


Indian Transformers and Rectifiers secures INR1.26 billion POWERGRID contract 

October 10, 2019
Indian transformer manufacturer, Transformers and Rectifiers (India) Limited (TRIL), has received an INR1.26 billion transformer package contract from the Indian grid developer, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID).

Indian L&T secures upto INR25 billion T&D contracts in global markets [free access]

October 10, 2019
Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) major, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), has bagged transmission and distribution (T&D) contracts across the domestic and international market.

Vietnam’s EVN to install transformer stations to integrate RE capacity into grid 

October 8, 2019
Vietnamese National Power Transmission Corporation (EVN NPT), a subsidiary of state-owned Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Group, has proposed the temporary installation of two 220 kV transformer stations (TS) in Vinh Tan and Phuoc Thai by 2020.

Indian POWERGRID acquires SPV for 765 kV Ajmer–Phagi project 

October 7, 2019
The Indian grid developer, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), has acquired the special purpose vehicle (SPV)—Ajmer Phagi Transco Limited, owned by REC Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL)—set up for the implementation of the 765 kV Ajmer–Phagi high voltage direct current (HVDC) line project.



Europe News


Azerbaijan makes progress on transmission lines to Georgia, Iran 

October 11, 2019
In order to strengthen Azerbaijan’s energy systems, boost the conductivity of lines and ensure its access to international energy markets, its vertically-integrated power company, Azerenergy Joint Stock Company (JSC), is progressing on the construction of transmission lines from Azerbaijan to Georgia and Iran.

Diamond Transmission Partners acquire UK’s Race Bank link [free access]

October 10, 2019
Race Bank Wind Farm Limited has signed an agreement with Diamond Transmission Partners (DTP)—a consortium comprising Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation) and HICL Infrastructure Company Limited (HICL))—for the sale of transmission assets associated with the Race Bank offshore wind farm.

Tennet to invest EUR215 million to integrate renewables in Northern Netherlands 

October 10, 2019
Dutch power transmission system operator (TSO), TenneT, will make investments worth EUR215 million to accommodate 2 GW of solar and wind farms in the northern parts of the Netherlands.

Dutch-German TenneT selects Accenture to integrate business processes on SAP S/4HANA platform 

October 8, 2019
The Dutch-German power transmission system operator (TSO), TenneT, has picked US-based Accenture to integrate numerous business processes on Systems, Applications and Products (SAP) S/4 high performance analytic appliance (HANA).



Middle East & Africa News


Burundi’s REGIDESO invites bids for AfDB-funded project 

October 10, 2019
Burundi’s state-owned Regie De Production et De Distribution D’eau Et D’electricite (REGIDESO) has invited international competitive bids for the construction of 220 kV lines and substations.

Mozambique’s EDM awards contracts for first phase of Caia–Nacala Project 

October 9, 2019
Mozambique’s Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) has awarded contracts for the first phase of the Caia–Nacala Transmission Project, also known as the Second Chimuara–Nacala Power Transmission Project.

EETC awards power station contract to Sieyuan and MEGA consortium 

October 7, 2019
State-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has awarded a contract for the construction of a power station in Wadi El-Natrun on a turnkey basis, to a consortium comprising Chinese Sieyuan Electric Company Limited and MEGA.

Iran’s EREC seeks bids for IsDB-funded transmission project 

October 4, 2019
Iran’s Esfahan Regional Electric Company (EREC) has invited international competitive bids for the supply, installation and commissioning of 400 kV (around 39-km-long), 230 kV (around 90-km-long) and 63 kV (around 105-km-long) overhead transmission lines (OHTLs).