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Transmission Accomplished: Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- December 27, 2019

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For as long-standing and constant as the transmission infrastructure and associated sector of the utility business sometimes seems, professionals who look away for just a week or two are wont to end up missing some news, announcement, or exciting innovation. Because Energy Central seeks to be your guide in keeping up to date with the need-to-know information in your profession, knowing how busy your day-to-day is and how that can prevent really diving into the constant news cycles, we’re introducing a new feature in this group: ‘Transmission Accomplished,’ the bi-weekly digest of the best and most engaging content that gets submitted to our Transmission Professionals Community.

As your Community Manager, I’ll take some time every other week to look back at the recent stories that were submitted to Energy Central, the ideas that stirred a lot of conversation, and the important stories that you may have missed and put them together in this brief digest so you know what’s most important. And in reading through them, you can use it as an opportunity to dive back in—ask questions in the comments on these linked articles, submit follow up posts if you have more to say, and feel free to let me know what stories you think should be featured in the subsequent issue of ‘Transmission Accomplished.’

Matt Chester

Community Manager


Welcome New Expert Interview Series: Interview #1 with Steve Wickman and Interview #2 with Dave Bryant

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As a part of our efforts to demonstrate how much value the Energy Central network of experts brings to the community, we’ve been interviewing experts—new and old—to learn more about their backgrounds, gain nuggets of wisdom from conversations with them, and make them more prominently known within these groups. In that vein, I wanted to share once again interviews done recently with two new experts to the Transmission Professionals Group: Steve Wickman and Dave Bryant. These entries to our Power Perspectives™ ‘Getting to Know Your Expert’ interview series were particularly enjoyable and you definitely shouldn’t miss them.

Steve Wickman brings almost four decades of experience in transmission to the table, and because of that our conversation about how the industry has changed over the years and what challenges he foresees in the future are particularly compelling. In Dave Bryant’s interview, we discuss the value of new conductor innovation technologies and what that is today bringing and will tomorrow bring to the growth of this industry.


MISO Makes Room for Storage as a Transmission Only Asset

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Speaking of the value of the Transmission Professional experts, Paul Dumais is one of our most accomplished and respected voices and when he posts to this group, you should listen. In this recent post, Paul outlines the development coming from MISO’s ER20-588 order that proposes to make energy storage a transmission only asset. This move can have very prominent impact on power markets, transmission technology developments, and grid systems across the country. Definitely take a chance to read his summary and takeaways from this important development.


The Beauty of Seeing the Grid Up Close, Interning at Tacoma Power

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Shifting to someone with years and years of experience to the perspective of a young person breaking into the industry, Robert Sanborn offers his insights after a summer internship at Tacoma Power and the great experiences he got in seeing the transmission sector up close and in person. Replacing the institutional knowledge with new workers who are driven and eager to take on roles in an evolving sector is one of the elephants in the room for the industry, but seeing the passionate and interested way Robert took on this internship and how he shared his learning experience with his colleagues at Energy Central shows reason to be excited for the future of the utility workforce.


Impact of Latest FERC ADIT Order on Transmission Formula Rates

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Lastly, we have a look into a recent FERC order from John Wolfram, specifically about the final rule that requires public utility transmission providers with transmission formula rates to revise those rates to account for changes caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This story and development is in the weeds, but John does a great job at explaining the background of the order and outlining the impacts to the utility sector. This is a great example of how relying on the Energy Central community to break down complex topics into understandable nuggets is what makes the content here can’t-miss!

That’s it for this first edition of ‘Transmission Accomplished.’ See you in this spot in two weeks to go over the great content that will be coming between now and then!


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