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Transmission Accomplished: Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- February 21, 2020

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The transmission sector with the utility industry is incredibly critical, and as smart technologies, microgrids, and other new technologies come into play it can no longer be considered the stagnant or legacy arena that it once was. Forward-looking utilities are reexamining transmission from the top to bottom—the tech used, the strategic planning, even maintenance and upkeep. So, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the transmission news of the day.

To assist you to that end, read on for the latest issue of ‘Transmission Accomplished,’ the bi-weekly digest of top content submitted to the Transmission Professionals group. And as always, make sure to let me know if there’s a story you think should be included in the next version coming out two weeks from today!

 

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

The important role of data science in combating wildfire

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/tr/important-role-data-science-combating-wildfire

Unfortunately, one of the biggest stories in recent transmission news has been in the effects, the fallout, and the recovery of transmission in California after a few particularly bad wildfire seasons. Further, these events have created renewed focus in making sure transmission infrastructure does not aid in the cause of wildfires, but rather proper maintenance and even digital technologies can be used in a way to prevent the creation or spread of wildfire. In that line of thought, Tim Hustwayte of NM Group submitted this really interesting look at how utilities can use data science along the transmission infrastructure to combat wildfire. Really eye-opening, and definitely worth a read.  

FERC Approves NYISO’s Participating Model for Distributed Energy Resources

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/cp/ferc-approves-nyiso%E2%80%99s-participation-model-distributed-energy-resources

Predictably, much of the news in the transmission area comes from regulators, whether they are studying, approving, or rejecting certain projects. In particular, the movement of FERC for transmission infrastructure is critical, and luckily we have Daniel Spitzer, a Partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, keeping us updated on FERC’s approval in the NYISO market. In this case, distributed energy resources (DERs) are a new beast of sorts for FERC to deal with in the transmission lines, so seeing how the approvals such as this one play out will have not just regional, but national impact.

 

Invenergy Adds Broadband Capability to Transmission Project in Hope of Lessening Opposition to It

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/tr/invenergy-adds-broadband-capability-transmission-project-hope-lessening

Lastly, the transmission infrastructure has long used the same technology in a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ model. But Peter Key has dived into the crossover between utility tech and strategies and comparable ones in the telecom sector, and this story take a fascinating angle. Facing local opposition to its transmission project, Invenergy has proposed adding broadband capability (at no cost to the communities or the taxpayers) to sweeten the deal. A really interesting discussion, and the results of which I’m sure other utilities will be paying close attention.

 

Thanks once again for taking in this edition of ‘Transmission Accomplished.’ If you want to be featured in this spot in future issues or if you think I missed a story, let me know in the comments or reach out at mchester@energycentral.com. See you right here in two weeks!

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