FINLEY NEWSLETTERS

THE GRID

COMMUNIQUE

Social Links

Projects

Since 1953 we’ve been serving our valued business partners, and during this time there have been many advances in the industries we serve. One thing that has remained constant is our dedication and the trustworthiness of our employees in providing innovative and professional service. We’ve highlighted that commitment and the proven results in the projects below.

future-web

Kansas City Board of Public Utilities

The Finley Team developed a comprehensive 10-year electric distribution system master plan for BPU including a review and update of the electric system model using Milsoft WinMil software; established planning reliability criteria for distribution lines and substations transformer loading and prepared a detailed system, substation and feeder load forecast; evaluated and updated the utility’s electric distribution system load forecast to include current and projected future impacts of demand growth and simulated the existing system load conditions and model the 10 year demand load forecast. This included any anticipated local distributed renewable generation; performed fault and voltage drop analysis for 2012 base conditions and 2022 forecast load conditions and reviewed and validated the utility’s system protection practices and settings; identified the required system improvements to correct deviations from planning criteria and prepared high level engineering cost estimates for the system improvements as recommended; prepared an analysis of possible five case scenarios and potential combinations thereof, regarding the likelihood of a future load growth condition from occurring later or not even materialize in the future, and then simulated the corresponding required system improvements associated with such case scenario; identified and recommended cost effective alternatives to utility’s use of technology for modernization, automation of system monitoring and outage management including advance metering for outage restoration; developed recommendations for BPU to provide better ability to meet growing loads as well as improve service reliability indices; developed 10-year capital improvement project recommendations; and, delivered a Final Report including a complete system model for use in the analysis of faults, voltage drops and system protection and presented its findings and recommendations to the Utility Board.

City of Nixa

Finley Engineering is pleased to have been a part of the City of Nixa’s solar farm project and congratulates the City and community members on its completion. The City of Nixa’s 8MW solar farm encompasses an area of approximately 64 acres and is incorporated into Nixa’s 13kV distribution system.

Finley Engineering specified the equipment needed for incorporation including a recloser, regulators, and accompanying switches, as well as revenue metering allowing city personnel to measure and verify the solar farm’s output.

Finley  conducted a substation circuit breaker analysis study. The results were to replace 4 (four) Downtown Substation 12 kV oil circuit reclosers to be the same type as another substation owned by the City of Nixa. In this process, relays were replaced and the existing foundations were replaced, as needed. Finley also updated the engineering drawings for the substation, including the one-lines, AC three lines, DC schematics and connection wiring diagrams. Finally, drafting engineering prints and redlined as-builts were provided.

Finley also prepared Finley prepared an integration plan review of a proposed distributed generation project and provided engineering and plans preparation; system planning;  system coordination studies; standards and specification writing; and, rate analysis.

City of Lamar

The Finley Team provided engineering support and project management teaming with Elster for deployment of AMI  and  automated meter data collection to monitor and manage its electric and water services.

The City of Azusa

The Finley Team developed a comprehensive electric distribution system master plan for AL&W including a review and update of the electric system model using Milsoft WinMil software; established planning reliability criteria for distribution lines and substations transformer loading and prepared a detailed system, substation and feeder load forecast; evaluated and updated the utility’s electric distribution system load forecast to include current and projected future impacts of demand growth and simulated the existing system load conditions and model the 10 year demand load forecast which included any anticipated local distributed renewable generation; performed fault and voltage drop analysis for 2015 base conditions and 2025 forecast load conditions and reviewed and validated the utility’s system protection practices and settings; identified the required system improvements to correct deviations from planning criteria and prepared high level engineering cost estimates for the system improvements as recommended; prepared an analysis of possible five (5) case scenarios and potential combinations thereof, regarding the likelihood of a future load growth condition from occurring later or not even materialize in the future, and then simulated the corresponding required system improvements associated with such case scenario; identified and recommended cost effective alternatives to utility’s use of technology for modernization, automation of system monitoring and outage management including advance metering for outage restoration; and, delivered a Final Report including a complete system model for use in the analysis of faults, voltage drops and system protection.

South Texas Electric Cooperative

Finley Engineering provided the transmission line rebuild services to rebuild a 69 kV insulated to 138 kV operated at 69 kV, approximately 12 miles. Existing wood pole line upgraded to concrete poles with steel davit arms.  Conductor 795 MCM 26/7 ACSR_AW, with shield 0.646 “ OPGW.

Finley Engineering also provided the transmission line rebuild services to rebuild a 69 kV insulated to 138 kV operated at 69 kV, approximately 15 miles.  Existing wood pole line upgraded to concrete poles with steel davit arms.  Conductor 795 MCM 26/7, with shield 0.646 “ OPGW.

Carroll Electric Cooperative

The Finley Team prepared fiber design alternatives to minimize make ready work on a 69kV Transmission line for fiber optic cable installation.  The Team conducted field surveys and a pole inventory to verify the existing plan and profile design; verified the existing conductor catenary sagging data; designed the attachment placements and the OPGW catenary sag; and, reported and presented options to Owner for an optimal installation of the OPGW.

Finley Engineering also provided engineering design services to remove the damaged portions of the 69kV bay which includes structural elements, insulators, bus, 69 kV breaker, replacement transformer and replacement switchgear. The new switchgear was placed adjacent to Switchgear with a tie and main connection to the transformer from 69 kV bay. Finley delivered engineering drawings, material procurement specifications, and construction specifications as required for all the task defined. Finley delivered under budget from the original bid.

Municipal Utility Board – City of Pryor, OK

Finley Engineering assisted the city of Pryor, OK, in construction of a greenfield substation.  Finley was involved with all aspects of design and construction, from start (siting the location) to finish (commissioning the substation into service).   All designs, layouts, specifications, bidding, drawings, tests, etc., were directly handled by Finley.

Clarksville Connected Utilities – Clarksville, Arkansas

Finley conducted a cost of electric service rate study where the rates across the electrical system were evaluated based on customer type, power usage, demand, fuel costs, and many other variables. The final deliverable included a cost of service model with variable inputs to drive the cost recommendations, and a final report and presentation comparing the present rates to the proposed rates.

Due to significant wholesale power cost changes and municipal rate structure adaptation, the client requested a review of the existing study.  This effort involved the creation of a new commercial and industrial interruptible rate structure to accommodate expanding commercial effort while preserving the revenue requirements per class.

Other Projects:

 

FINLEY ENGINEERING BLOG

Subscribe to blog

Subscribe via RSS

FINLEY NEWSLETTERS

THE GRID

COMMUNIQUE