Tres Amigas SuperStation
|Tres Amigas SuperStation|
|Official name||Tres Amigas SuperStation|
|Owner(s)||Tres Amigas LLP|
The Tres Amigas SuperStation focuses on uniting North America’s two major power grids (the Eastern Interconnection and the Western Interconnection) and one minor grid (the Texas Interconnection) to enable faster adoption of renewable energy and increase the reliability of the U.S. grid.
The Tres Amigas SuperStation will tie the grids together via three 5 GW superconductive high-voltage direct current power transmission lines, which permit a controlled flow of energy while also functionally isolating the independent AC frequencies of each side. The design is scalable to 30 GW.
The Tres Amigas SuperStation will act as a power market hub, enabling the buying and selling of electricity among three of North America's largest interconnections above the amount available today. ERCOT has 5 DC ties to the other grids, totaling 1,100 MW.
Project schedule and status
In 2009 it was stated that construction may start in 2011, and could become operational in 2013.
Phase 1 could cost $400 millon, and all 3 phases could then cost $1.2 billion.
In 2013, two key announcements confirmed the ongoing progress of the project, and an expected commercial load date of 2016.
- Superconductors to Wire a Smarter Grid, Technology Review, 2009-11-12, accessed 2010-11-20.
- High-Temp Superconductors To Connect Power Grids
- "US grids to become ‘three friends’" GreenBang, 4th April 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- The Need
- Oct 2009 The Tres Amigas Project: America's Renewable Energy Hub?
- Hart, Kathleen. "Senate, House energy leaders setting priorities for 112th Congress" WYOMING INFRASTRUCTURE AUTHORITY, 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012. Quote: "Tres Amigas will pay the state over $9 million a year"
- Galbraith, Kate. "Texas' Isolated Electric Grid Could Add Outside Ties" The Texas Tribune, 30 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- US unveils plans for giant renewable energy hub Oct 2009
- "Alstom Grid wins contract for Tres Amigas' SuperStation" The Engineer (magazine), 26 April 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- Robinson-Avila, Kevin. "Huge Tres Amigas project to break ground this summer" New Mexico Business Weekly, 9 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- "Navajo Nation to Invest in Electric Grid Interconnection Project" Indian Country Today, 8 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- Welch, Kevin. "Amarillo hopes to be electricity project center" Amarillo Globe-News, 21 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- Tres Amigas Recent Media Articles Retrieved 18 August 2013
| Official bronze sculpture KKathy Larsen
Transmission as art, New Mexico-style Platts 11 August 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2012