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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, NAVAJOS TO COOPERATE ON SOLAR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION INITIATIVE; NEW TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGY DEBUTS

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, NAVAJOS TO COOPERATE ON SOLAR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
 INITIATIVE; NEW TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGY DEBUTS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- New technology that allows high-voltage electric lines to carry 25 percent more power will be dedicated at a ceremony in Montrose, Colo., on Sept. 30, by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Western Area Power Administration.
 At the ceremony, DOE and Western will also sign an agreement to provide technical and financial support for using solar technology to bring electricity to remote rural areas of the Navajo Nation.
 DOE's Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy, J. Michael Davis, said: "These projects are steps we are taking to implement President Bush's National Energy Strategy, which lays the foundation for a more efficient, less vulnerable, and environmentally sound energy future for our nation by expanding our available energy choices.
 "I am delighted that we will have another opportunity to demonstrate the capability of solar technology to provide an economic and practical alternative power source in rural areas," Davis said.
 "We believe this action will enhance economic development in the Navajo Nation, expand use of solar electric systems and products in the desert southwest, and underscores our commitment to the principles outlined in the Department's American Indian Policy."
 Currently, up to 30 percent of the widely scattered residents of the Navajo reservation have no electricity. Today, power line extensions to bring in new electricity cost an average of $19,000 per family. Dispersed solar electric systems will be an economical alternative to the high cost of building additional power lines.
 Davis will sign the agreement at Western's Montrose District office, where a dedication ceremony will take place for the world's first three-phased continuously variable series compensation system.
 Jointly developed by Western and Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc., the project is designed to increase system stability and allow existing lines to carry more power by minimizing circulating currents. By instantly adjusting line impedance and phase angles, it will allow Western to increase the line's maximum transmission capacity by about 100 megawatts.
 The new system will be installed alongside conventional equipment, allowing Western engineers to make performance comparisons.
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 CONTACT: Larry Hart of the U.S. Department of Energy, 202-586-5806 CO: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IN: OIL ST: CO -- DC033 -- X609 09/30/92
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