- APLIC Conformance Project
Avangrid, formerly Iberdrola Renewables, had a multiyear project to evaluate and bring its operating fleet of existing wind plants into conformance with the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) 2006 Suggested Practices for Avian Protection on Power Lines. Burns & McDonnell is assessing avian risk for existing overhead collector system power lines and substations; recommending and scoping retrofit efforts; preparing technical details for bid packages to hire a contractor for retrofitting identified facilities; and overseeing the contractor hired to conduct retrofit installations. The project is intended to be implemented at more than 30 wind plants in three phases over three to four years.
Phase I included performing field audits at 13 sites in California, Oregon and Washington. The team identified existing avian risks on overhead collector lines and the 34.5-kV side of the substations for each wind plant, developed a list of recommended retrofit improvements to reduce avian and wildlife electrocution risks on collector lines and substations, and provided a technical information package containing recommended actions and types of avian protection materials for a construction contractor to implement.
The team will complete Phase 2 in 2016, a similar scope of work to Phase 1 but at 15 sites in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Burns & McDonnell will also provide contractor training and quality control inspections of power line and substation recommended avian protection retrofit work performed at three sites in Washington.
Phase 3 site inspections and additional wind plant power line and substation retrofit work is scheduled for 2017 and 2018.