ABB, a power and automation company, has won an order worth over $50 million from Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT), to provide electrical equipment that will strengthen the existing transmission grid and facilitate the integration of wind power.
The project, to be completed by 2013, is part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) program, aimed at increasing the contribution of renewable energy in Texas by up to 18 GW, making it one of the largest land-based wind initiatives.
ABB will design, supply, install and commission four static var compensators (SVCs) at two sites. SVCs are part of the company’s series of FACTS (flexible alternating current transmission systems) technologies. The company says FACTS technologies allow more power to reach consumers with minimal environmental impact, lower investment costs and shorter implementation times than the traditional alternative of building new power plants and transmission lines. They also help address voltage and frequency stability issues and enable the transmission system to run more efficiently.
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