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Transmission Accomplished: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- June 19, 2020

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Welcome back to the latest issue of ‘Transmission Accomplished.’ This monthly digest is where I go through the content that’s been submitted to this important group over the past four weeks to highlight the most important and critical goings-on that you may have missed if you haven’t been tuning in regularly. This sector is one that’s really constantly evolving, and will likely come into greater focus as leaders look to transmission infrastructure projects as a way to create jobs and economic stimulus, while empowering the implementation of greater renewable and distributed energy sources. With that rapid pace of movement, though, you’ll want to stay on top of it all—so I hope this digest is one small tool to help you in that journey!

Matt Chester

Community Manager


Macro Grid Initiative Launches to Expand and Upgrade America’s Transmission Network

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As noted in the introduction, expanding and modernizing the transmission network across the utility sector needs to be a top priority for many reasons. In this article by Nina Plaushin, Vice President of Regulatory and Federal Affairs at ITC Holdings Corp., she outlines some of the investments that are coming in regards to grid upgrades and how doing so will ensure a future energy system that’s reliable, efficient, affordable, and clean. This article is a great primer to see just why such investment in T&D infrastructure is so widely beneficial.



Thinking You Know is Not Knowing

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Getting a little higher level, this article from Jim McGriff of First-line Management Consultants describes philosophically and strategically some of the pitfalls that may come generally when business leaders operate with assumptions and hubris. Thinking you know something and acting on those assumptions is a quick way to fall into traps and lead your operations in the wrong direction, and this thought-provoking article highlights concrete examples Jim’s come across from transmission professionals and how that could negatively impact the wider grid operations. As he notes at the end, training employees so they know rather than think they know on critical transmission topics is an investment well worth making.


New Jersey Wants Transmission and Renewables, But at What Cost?

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Lastly, we come to an analysis of the Garden State as David Gaier looks into the efforts by New Jersey to invest in renewable energy and the necessary transmission infrastructure to properly move that power to where it needs to be. David astutely points out the value of optimally efficient transmission infrastructure and how critical those implementations are to a wholly ‘green’ energy sector.


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 See you right here in four weeks!

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