b'POWER MARKETDID YOU KNOW?Ulteig received a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition for the Newport Substation Interconnect project.NEWPORT SUBSTATION INTERCONNECT|WAPELLO, IAAmong the cornfields in southeastern Iowa, near the small town of Wapello, where the Iowa and Mississippi Rivers converge, lies the Newport Substation. In 2019, the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) embarked on a project to reconfigure its Newport Substation and add a line in response to a request for a solar interconnection. The substation, located slightly to the south of Wapello, Iowa, serves as an access point for generation onto CIPCOs eastern Iowa power grid.Based on our experience with substations and interconnects, said Patrick Deibel, P.E., A technical manager with Ulteigs substation team, Ulteig was awarded the design to reconfigure the Newport Substation and connect it with a new solar project being built on 800 acres adjacent to the substation.Working on the Newport Substation was familiar ground for Ulteigs engineers. Just two years earlier, Ulteig assisted CIPCO in the redesign of a 161 kV ring bus to expand the Newport Substation to provide more reliability to the overall system. During the start of design and construction in 2017 and 2018, a future line position was not needed, but the new design was added to provide for future positions to be integrated into the expansion.07'