backbone transmission project is led by well-established independent transmission company
Markian Melnyk developed the Atlantic Wind Connection concept while researching “Offshore Power,” his book on offshore renewable energy.
Melnyk was joined by Ken Epp and Mohamed El-Gassier, industry leaders in high-voltage direct current transmission at DC Interconnect; Eli Farrah, an expert in transmission regulation at Winston & Strawn; and Robert Mitchell, Paul McCoy and Marty Walicki, principals of Trans-Elect, a successful and experienced independent transmission company.
These are the founders of Atlantic Grid Development, LLC, the project’s developer.
Since 1999, Trans-Elect, the nation’s first independent transmission company has been a leader in several innovative projects including acquisition of 5,400 miles of transmission lines in Michigan and 7,200 miles of lines in Alberta, Canada. Trans-Elect, PG&E and the US Department of Energy’s Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) formed a partnership to build 83 miles of transmission in California for the Path 15 project that successfully overcame deficiencies contributing to the state’s 2000-01 rolling blackouts.
Trans-Elect and Path 15 were awarded “Infrastructure Deal of the Year for the Americas” by Project Finance International magazine.
For more information, please visit www.trans-elect.com
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, DC Interconnect, Inc. (DCI) specializes in the development and systematic integration of advanced High-Voltage Direct-Current (HVDC) transmission technology to facilitate access to new resources, increase transmission capacity and transfer capability in existing power grids, improve the efficiency of the operation of electricity markets and prevent regional blackouts.
DCI holds a patent on the optimal integration of HVDC technology with large grids.
DCI was founded by Dr. Mohamed M. El-Gasseir and H. D. Kenneth Epp in 2002.
For more information, please visit www.dcinterconnections.com
About Winston & Strawn LLP
Eli Farrah is Project Counsel and partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, an international law firm with nearly 1,000 attorneys among 15 offices in Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. Eli represents transmission owners, developers, lenders and investors with respect to all issues affecting electric transmission projects and facilities.
For more information, please visit www.winston.com