The 2021 ACEC/Iowa Engineering Excellence Awards winning projects in the Energy Production Category (1st Place in Category):


Firm: Ulteig
Client/Owner: Central Iowa Power Cooperative
Project :  Preparing for the Future & Clean Power:  Newport Substation Interconnect

In 2017 Ulteig assisted Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) in the redesign of the 161kV bus at Newport substation to provide more reliability to the overall system by expanding the substation for a 161kV ring bus buildout. The 161kV ring bus layout provides for more flexibility to operate the substation and overall grid. It also allowed a future line position to be added into the design, which provided the opportunity to add solar interconnection. The project highlights the need to prepare for the changing mix of generation sources, and it demonstrates the need to respond quickly to opportunities for economical and reliable generation resources.






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