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Transmission Accomplished: Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- January 10, 2020

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Happy Friday and happy new year, fellow members of the Energy Central Transmission Professionals Group. Now that the holidays are, sadly, in the rearview mirror, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. And to be honest, it’s quite possible that with time away from work or time at work being less focused, there may have been some key stories that you missed over the past few weeks. Fear not—that’s exactly why Transmission Accomplished, the bi-weekly digest of the top content from the Transmission Professionals Group of Energy Central, is here.

2019 closed out strong, and take a look at just a sampling of the stories from the last few weeks to see why. As you look forward to a successful 2020, much will likely be on the table in terms of the transmission sector. As such, be sure to submit your analysis, great stories you come across, and relevant links to this group—and as a quick plug if you have transmission trends that you expect to come into being in 2020, be sure to submit them to Energy Central’s upcoming Hot Topic Special Issue Newsletter on ‘2020 Power Industry Predictions and Trends,’ more information can be found here:

And now, without further ado, let’s get to the transmission-related stories that had our community buzzing to end out the year!

Matt Chester

Community Manager


FERC Grants Accounting Request to Accrue AFUDC Throughout Cybersecurity Program

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As he always reliably does, Paul Dumais once again was here to keep the Transmission Group up to date on the latest decisions and moves from FERC when it comes to the transmission sector. In this instance, Paul outlines how Duke Energy filed a request to allow it to treat its cybersecurity program as a single project when calculating allowance for funds used during construction. This is an issue that may have flown under the radar for those not in the know, as it can get wonky, but Paul clearly lays out why the request was made, why FERC approved it, and what the implications are for the cybersecurity programs and the transmission sector widely.


Can Prescribed Burnes Help Curb California’s Wildfires?

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A major topic that dominated the utility news cycle from beginning to end of the year was the fallout of PG&E and the disastrous wildfires that California suffered. Hindsight is 20/20 is one old adage, but another that rings true in this situation is that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. With that in mind, the most positive outcome of the whole situation could be renewed attention on how wildfires can be prevented and reduce the impact to the transmission sector in terms of outages, financial damages when fires are caused by utility equipment, and making easier general vegetation management. With that in mind, Rakesh Sharma outlines the strategy of prescribed burns, their costs, effectiveness, and how this might be a new tool to prevent future wildfires and the issues that have plagued PG&E and the citizens of California.

4D Printing: Transformative Role in Industry?

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Deepak Seth, a relatively new member of the Energy Central community, submitted this interesting link about how its not 3D printing but 4D printing that could create new and valuable opportunities for the transmission sector. The goal of 4D printing is to 3D print but recognize that those shows can then be transformed over time—and Deepak suggests that perhaps this technology could be used to more affordably build transmission towers by printing them in a flat state and then reassemble them once at the site, not to mention some forward-looking ideas like self-healing? I’d love to see what more of the Energy Central community might think about the possibilities of this truly futuristic technology.



That’s all we have for this edition of ‘Transmission Accomplished.’ If you want to be featured in this spot, if you think I missed a story, or if you want to get more involved in any way—don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments. See you in this spot in two weeks!


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