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Transmission Accomplished: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- April 24, 2020

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As utilities and associated stakeholders start looking forward to the impact the current pandemic will have on the industry, a key aspect is surely going to be a longer-term economic impact. Customers less able to pay their utility bills is affecting cashflow, and one of the direct impacts of this will likely connected to the status of infrastructure investments (planned, needed, or already under construction). While there is no doubt a lot of uncertainty during these days, the cognizant utility player needs to be proactive and forward-looking, and that’s why you’ll still continue to find a wealth of valuable and insightful content in Energy Central’s Transmission Professionals Group.  

You may have understandably been a bit preoccupied over the last couple of weeks, so I’m continuing my tradition of putting together this quick digest that directs you to the best and most engaging content that’s been submitted in this group over the past four weeks. So take the time to make sure you’re up on the latest by reading the following great pieces.

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

Improving estimates of transmission capital costs for utility-scale wind and solar projects to inform renewable energy policy

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/improving-estimates-transmission-capital-costs-utility-scale-wind-and-solar

On the aforementioned topic of transmission investment costs, we have this great paper shared from Will Gorman, a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. As Will explains, estimating the cost to build out and improve the nation’s transmission infrastructure is a tall task, but by using many different data sets and continually updating models we can get better and better results. Check out the paper he shares that came out of LBNL to move ahead this important area of study.

Case for Stronger Grid Interconnections for Increased Canadian Electricity Exports While Greening the North America Grid

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/case-stronger-grid-interconnections-increased-canadian-electricity-exports-while

While imports and exports of electricity is more prevalent and important of a topic in Europe where nations are smaller and borders are more interconnected, the U.S.-Canadian border is one where a lot of transmission projects are able to move electricity in ways that are quite important to local regions and utility providers. In this article from a few weeks ago, Ahsan Upal (Regional Manager of Business Development at Burnes & McDonnell) shares the justification for stronger grid interplay between the U.S. and Canadian sectors and how building out such infrastructure can create an even greater clean energy mix across the entire continent.

 

Electrical System Studies: Specification of Equipment for New Power Substations

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/electrical-system-studies-specification-equipment-new-power-substations

Sergio Feitoza, a Director at Cognitor Consultancy, has been sharing within the Transmission Professionals Group a host of invaluable technical resources specific to transmission equipment like substations, switchgears, and more. In this recent submission, Sergio shares some great insights on how different characteristics of the substations should be set and monitored. If you’re on the technical side of things, definitely check out the information he shares here.

 

 

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 four weeks!

 

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