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Transmission Accomplished: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- May 22, 2020

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The utility industry is undoubtedly one of the businesses out there that can’t have a day off. Through severe weather, pandemics, holidays, and anything else, utility workers are out there serving the customers to make sure the power stays on reliably and safely. And when disaster strikes, the transmission infrastructure is an absolute top priority to restore and keep running. So as we continue to give thanks and gratitude to the essential workers out there during the craziness that has been the past few months, let’s all remember to put those utility workers and people who maintain the T&D infrastructure prominently on that list as well!

As a sign about how transmission work never takes a day off, the Transmission Group on Energy Central has remained busy. Expecting that perhaps you’ve been busy as well, I’ve assembled a few of the top submissions to the group over the past month so you can be sure not to miss anything important!

Matt Chester

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To Outsource the Design of Products or To Prepare the Company Team to Do It?

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/outsource-design-products-or-prepare-company-team-do-it

Sergio Feitoza Costa is a Director at Cognitor Consutlancy who continues to bring the Energy Central community terrific content related to the technical aspects of the T&D sector, and this month he of course delivered again. This article lays out some important questions an organization must ask itself as it considers outsourcing the design of products for the grid rather than keep that work in-house. Because Sergio’s words carry with them many years of experience behind them, this is a great piece to have in your back pocket and make sure you’re identifying all angles to the question that you  may have not considered.

 

 

Decrease of Germany net electricity export in 2020

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/decrease-germany-net-electricity-export-2020

The transmission infrastructure in Europe more prominently takes power in between different nations than the U.S. grid, which leads to some interesting data and analysis. In this submission, Hamzeh Alavirad, CEO of oranIT GmbH, shows the trends of Germany’s import/export of electricity over the past few years to highlight some developments in this critical area.

Transmission projects have been slowed, not stopped by pandemic and could see boost when it's over

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/transmission-projects-have-been-slowed-not-stopped-pandemic-and-could-see-boost

Of course, the COVID-19 situation remains one that frames all stories and issues in the utility industry and otherwise. In this article, Peter Key highlights what impact the pandemic has had on the deployment of expected transmission projects, funding for such investments, and more.

 

Underground transmission lines in the mid-west, and utility infrastructure projects during a recession

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/underground-transmission-lines-mid-west-and-utility-infrastructure-projects

In that same spirit, Henry Craver shares an interesting story about how an expected underground transmission project in the Midwest might be impacted by an economic recession. These projects, he points out, can be used to create jobs and economic stimulus, but the question remains whether the necessary capital is able to be raised at a time like this.

 

 

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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