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ACCC ® Conductor News - May 2020
100,000 Kilometers of ACCC ® Conductor Installed at over 800 Projects in 52 countries
Quick Update: There are currently  28 active ACCC Conductor installations underway and start dates for  27  additional ACCC Conductor installations scheduled. Why? Because the ACCC Conductor offers the ability to improve the efficiency, capacity, reliability and resilience of the electric power grid, worldwide.
Anything but Normal
 
For many of us, change can be very disconcerting, but quite often change benefits everyone in the long run. While Covid, social protests, and politics are outside the scope of this message, “improved efficiency” in nearly any endeavor usually offers benefits that we all can enjoy. Case in point: In previous years, the efficiency of the transmission wires was generally not a first-tier project design criteria. Any improvement in electric power grid efficiency resulting from a transmission project was generally an afterthought. Sure, the efficiency of generation was considered because more efficient generation reduced operating costs. And, on the demand side using more energy-efficient appliances reduced consumer costs as well as reducing the need to invest in new sources of generation.

In recent years, regulators, policy makers, consumers, project financiers and major utilities have recognized that improved efficiency in the transmission system (and in the wires themselves) is a worthy design objective. Increased electric system efficiency has not only reduced operating costs and the price of delivered power to the consumer, but also reduced fuel consumption and associated GHG emissions.

Globally, there has been a major push in this direction. For instance, the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, USAID and others are now funding transmission projects not only to support economic development, and lower costs to consumers, but also - and specifically - to reduce GHG emissions by improving transmission line efficiency using the ACCC Conductor. In the U.S., a number of projects are also being given preference by project planners, based on the High-Performance Conductor's ability to improve efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.

Recently, FERC initiated a rule making docket on transmission incentives that focuses on consumer benefits that a transmission project provides. And, we expect that the range of benefits considered for the consumer will move beyond reliability to include emissions and other cost reductions. 

 As we look forward to learning more about the next generation of FERC’s project incentives and ROI adders, it isn’t hard to imagine that transmission system efficiency will become an increasingly important part of the New Norm, for the benefit of all. Change can be good.
Arizona Public Service Completes ACCC ® Conductor Installation in Tempe, Arizona
 
With the support of the Sturgeon Electric Company , Arizona Public Service APS completed a 69 kV reconductor project in Tempe, Arizona. APS selected 904 kcmil Lubbock size ACCC Conductor to replace 795 kcmil AAC Arbutus conductor. The ACCC Upgrade increased line capacity from ~850 to 1600 amps without the need to modify or replace the existing steel mono-poles and lattice structures.

Prysmian - General Cable supplied the ACCC Conductor with E3X coating and Preformed Line Products ( PLP ) provided ACCC Hardware. Sturgeon Electric used Wagner Smith tensioners, pullers and sheave wheels during the installation. CTC Global’s Master Installer, Ismael Dones, provided on-site training and support. APS, a subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital, is the largest electric utility in Arizona with 4,000 MW of generating capacity, serving over one million people in 11 counties. 
SCE Completes ACCC Conductor Installation in California

With the support of PAR Electrical Contractors , Southern California Edison ( SCE ) recently completed the first section of their Pardee to Pastoria 220 kV reconductor project near Grapevine Lebec, California. SCE selected 714 kcmil Dove size ACCC Conductor to reduce thermal sag and improve clearances compared to the 666 kcmil Mystic size ACSS conductor ACCC replaced.

Prysmian - General Cable supplied the ACCC Conductor for this project and Burndy provided hardware. Southern California Edison is one of California’s largest utilities serving more than 14 million people in a service territory of approximately 50,000 square miles. This is SCE’s 4 th successful ACCC Conductor installation with several others underway and upcoming.
NV Energy Completes their 16th ACCC ® Conductor Installation in Nevada

NV Energy selected 1949 kcmil Lapwing size ACCC Conductor for their new Wild Horse to Comstock Meadows 120 kV transmission line near Reno, Nevada. Prysmian - General Cable supplied the ACCC Conductor and Burndy supplied hardware. Summit Line Construction supported the installation along with CTC Global’s Master Installer, David Pearce. The ACCC Conductor was installed on new H-frame and mono-pole structures over moderately hilly terrain.

For more than 150 years, NV Energy has provided safe and reliable energy to more than 1.4 million customers and over 56 million visitors every year. Their industry leading service - during times of extreme weather - and ongoing projects to support growth and reliability have helped Nevada build a strong economy. CTC Global is proud to support NV Energy's efforts.
CTC Global Coronavirus Update
 
Since late February, CTC Global has been working to adapt our domestic and international operations to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our objective from the beginning has been to keep team members safe while maintaining the ability to respond to customer needs. 

CTC continues to work closely with our suppliers, manufacturing partners and local health officials during this challenging situation and our operations in the U.S., China, and Indonesia are active. While we have implemented appropriate safeguards and, in some cases are working remotely, we continue to accept new orders, and are actively manufacturing, testing and shipping product.

Due to travel restrictions, our Field Service Department has also implemented virtual training and field support. All 28 active ACCC Installations remain underway. Our Engineering Team is also supporting customers in the design phase via teleconferencing and webinars.

Please let us know how we can help you, and please stay well.
ACCC Conductor is currently reducing CO 2 emissions by over 2.6 million metric tons per year - the equivalent of removing over 600,000 cars from the road
CTC Global's Conductor Comparison Program CCP™ Software is Available Online

CTC Global is pleased to announce that our highly regarded Conductor Comparison Program (CCP™) software is now available online. The new web-based version has all the features found in the Excel version, which has been replaced and will no longer be supported. The new version is designed to make it easier to use, and it also has some new features. Having CCP online will make it easier to keep it up-to-date with new wire files and other data, and to add improvements as they are made. Users will always know they have the current version every time they log in. CCP is also compatible with tablets.

Registration to use CCP requires only a valid email address and password. Users may also use CCP as a guest however, saving and export features are only available to registered users.

Thank you for using our CCP. We welcome your feedback. For technical support, please contact ccphelp@ctcglobal.com
Looking for ACCC ® Conductor Hardware?
Check out our Supplier Parts Database

CTC Global added a new Hardware Supplier Parts Database to our website. The database will help you find all of the hardware components you need to install ACCC ® Conductor. The database shows which hardware manufacturers offer the parts you might need in your particular region while offering many options. 
If you need any additional support please contact info@ctcglobal.com
Free Engineering Manual
 
To help Transmission and Distribution planners, engineers, policy makers, grid operators, technicians and others take full advantage of the ACCC ® Conductor's attributes, CTC Global has published a 250 page Engineering Manual.
 
It offers a very comprehensive set of design guidelines, case studies, figures and facts about conductors and composite materials, and includes links to additional resources and FAQ's
 
To download an electronic version please click: CTC Global Resources
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In addition to our monthly newsletter and social media posts, CTC Global also posts articles on the Company's BLOG SITE . If you haven't checked it out, please do when you have free time. You will find an interesting array of project details, industry trends and efficiency discussions and much more. We also do our best to respond to posted comments.
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