ABB says it has won orders worth approximately $45 million from U.S. utility Oncor to provide electrical solutions that aim to increase transmission capacity, ensure grid stability and facilitate the integration of renewable energy in Texas.
ABB's flexible alternating-current transmission systems (FACTS) will be incorporated into the competitive renewable energy zones (CREZ) program, which aims to increase the contribution of renewable energy in Texas by up to 18 GW. Completion of the transmission systems within CREZ will allow energy customers in the region to benefit from Texas' large amount of wind power generation.
ABB will design, supply, install and commission one static VAR compensator and two series compensators.
"These FACTS solutions will boost power capacity, support the integration of wind power in Texas and help improve grid reliability in the region," says Brice Koch, head of ABB's Power Systems division.
Oncor serves more than 7 million customers in Texas and operates the sixth-largest distribution and transmission system in the U.S., with 190,000 km of transmission and distribution lines.