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Director Technology, CTC Global Corporation. Co-Inventor of ACCC Conductor and ancillary hardware

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According to the EIA line losses in the US are about 200 Million MWh per year. That means that 22,821 MW if our generation assets running 24/7 are completely wasted. If we can improve the efficiency of the T&D System, perhaps by developing Efficiency Standards we would not only save a huge amount of money, we could also reduce GHG emissions. This should be an easy win to help acheive Sustainability goals.

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Matt Chester on Jun 8, 2021

Would these type of standards be something the federal government would have the authority to mandate? Or would it be more about states regulators? I suppose inter-state assets could fall under FERC to require this? 

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Dave Bryant on Jun 11, 2021

Thanks Matt, This could play out in many different ways. A few years ago in Chile, The head of the transmission entity convinced their president that if he could reduce line losses below 3% he could pocket the savings. In this case, those savings were reinvested in the grid to make it even more efficient while also increasing the capacity to export excess energy to nearby countries. All this happened without burdening their consumers. More recently, in developing countries, several multinational banks are funding T&D projects not only to support economic development, but also to help them achieve their sustainability goals. Everyone is winning. In the U.S. our Utilities simply need a mechanism to earn a fair ROI for their investment that will hopefully also consider efficiency and climate benefits.

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