June Newsline: Orlando's 5-year wastewater plan; IA sewer grant; Texas invests in wind and more

June 2010 Vol. 65 No. 6

According to Norman F. Anderson, president/CEO of CG/LA, these projects are critical to Latin America's future: "The region is moving towards a public leadership model of infrastructure investment, with very dynamic participation from the private sector – increasingly we see improved performance from the public sector, which is creating much higher levels of private sector participation." Under this new model, sectors that should particularly benefit include mass transit (both urban and interurban), as well as water and wastewater.

Missouri to improve wastewater system
EPA has awarded $970,000 to Gravois Mills, MO, for improvements to its existing wastewater system to provide sewer service to 360 households.

The project will eliminate individual on-site systems that pollute surface and ground water with disease-causing organisms, inadequately treated organic matter, and excessive levels of phosphorus and nitrogen. Eliminating these pollutants will improve water quality and help protect public health and aquatic life.

The Gravois Arm Sewer District in Gravois Mills was formed in 2002 to provide sewer service in an area near the Gravois Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks in Morgan County. The district has about 3,300 homes, 100 businesses and a population of about 3,800.

EPRI collaborative aims to improve efficiency of transmission grid
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) launched an industry-wide “transmission efficiency” demonstration collaborative with a group of utilities and transmission system operators that will compile and analyze performance data from transmission lines, substations and grid operations to assess the cost, benefit and technical criteria for implementing efficiency measures.

More than 20 organizations and proposed 33 transmission demonstration projects (see link below) will be providing data, and EPRI is actively recruiting more utilities and system operators to participate. The results will serve as a blueprint that will help improve the efficiency of the existing transmission system and the future bulk power network.

The collaborative is an outgrowth of efforts by EPRI, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and transmission owners and operators to implement various technical designs that can facilitate more efficiency in the transmission system.