Kleinfelder provided electrical system analysis of a 115 kV transmission system loop to determine the impact of an industrial load client self-generating and taking ownership of the transmission line loop. Our work involved alternative transmission line sources to feed other existing customers on the loop. We also generated an ETAP model to run load flow cases for evaluating various system configurations and scenarios, impacts to substations, and a cost-benefit analysis of the options.
To serve the client’s newly acquired customers, Kleinfelder recommended building a transmission line in an existing right-of-way, which would minimize clearing costs. The line would originate at a substation with an empty bay, further minimizing construction expansion costs. In addition, operating the system with a “closed” ( versus “open”) breaker would enable service to other customers.