Clean Electricity Needs Different Transmission System
- Mar 9, 2021 5:06 pm GMT
Historically, vertically integrated utilities, whether publicly or privately owned, invested in transmission lines to connect their large thermal power plants to major load centers. As more countries and states introduce competitive wholesale markets and require ever-higher percentage of renewables in the electricity generation mix, both the function and the operation of the transmission network is radically affected as its main role changes to one of integrating higher levels of variable renewable generation into the grid while maintaining the reliability of the system – which means different flow patterns and a totally different transmission system.
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