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Grid Modernization is Coming Down to the Wire and Policy Makers are Paying Attention

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The use of modern high-performance conductor wires offer several important and substantial advantages. Their ability to double the capacity and improve the efficiency of an existing transmission line without the need to upgrade or modify existing structures can save utilities and consumers millions of dollars and minimize environmental impact. Increased line capacity can mitigate line congestion and open access to the cleanest and least expensive sources of generation.

Reduced thermal sag also serves to improve grid reliability and prevent sag-trip outages and wildfires – saving lives, property, vegetation, wildlife and air quality. Reduced transmission line losses also reduces fuel consumption, associated emissions, water consumption and GENERATION CAPACITY otherwise wasted. Did you realize that a typical fossil fuel generation facility or nuclear power plant can use as much as 60,000 gallons of water per megawatt hour of electricity generated? Freeing-up wasted generation capacity can also mitigate the need (or urgency) to build new generation facilities or purchase power from less desirable sources.

The benefits of high performance conductors on new transmission lines can also reduce upfront capital and maintenance costs as these conductors can span greater distances between fewer and/or shorter structures, and they are nearly impervious to corrosion and cyclic load fatigue. For more information please visit

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Matt Chester on Jul 31, 2020

Been a long time overdue-- T&D investment could be a rare bipartisan win that creates jobs, economic activity, energy benefits, and so much more

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