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Transmission Accomplished: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- September 11, 2020

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Amid uncontrolled wildfires and power line congestion that have led to rolling blackouts and reliability issues in the Western U.S., the transmission professions group has understandably been abuzz. While these problems aren’t anything that you would hope to have happen, the fact that they continue to put a long overdue focus on the T&D infrastructure of the U.S. grid is an opportunity that should not go wasted.

Given that, what are transmission professionals talking about and how can this opportunity be harnessed? A good starting point is to look at the top content from the Transmission Professionals Group on Energy Central over the last four weeks. So, let’s do that!

 

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

PG&E’s Transmission Lines Threaten Northern California Yet Again

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/pges-transmission-lines-threaten-northern-california-yet-again

While the discussion behind how & why of the California power shutoffs are still actively ongoing and will certainly be a focus of the industry for years to come, Henry Craver brings to light one area that can’t be overlooked, and that’s the risk of transmission infrastructure sparking wildfires. As California has seen for the past few years, insufficient vegetation management, old and faulty equipment, and general transmission line risks can lead to devastating impacts and so utilities must take responsibility and be held accountable.  

Abandonment Incentive – PG&E

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/abandonment-incentive-pge

Speaking of PG&E, Paul Dumais—CEO of Dumais Consulting and Energy Central’s resident expert on all forms of transmission regulatory happenings—highlights the petition filed by PG&E for 100% recovery of prudently-incurred abandonment costs for two transmission projects. How abandonment affects overall utility costs how those costs may be passed onto a customer is a very high interest story, and watching whether these incentives are granted will be telling to other utilities across the region.

 

Understanding Networks and Data Transmission Systems as they Relate to Cybersecurity Nationwide

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/understanding-networks-and-data-transmission-systems-they-relate-cybersecurity

Transmission reliability and resilience is more than just the physical security and impacts, though, and Ronald Davis of RStor.io highlights that in this article about the cybersecurity focus of transmission systems across the United States. This type of holistic evaluation of transmission infrastructure is important and having one without the other is just highlighting a potential weakness. Utilities and transmission operators must be vigilant, starting with the measures highlighted by Ronald.

 

The world’s eyes are upon New Zealand as company readies wireless transmission technology

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/worlds-eyes-are-upon-new-zealand-company-readies-wireless-transmission-technology

Lastly, Christopher Neely’s article on wireless transmission being tested out in New Zealand highlight some of the exciting innovations and futuristic possibilities that the transmission infrastructure of the future still promise to bring us. This technology seems to be one that may bring about more questions than answers, so I would love to hear from the community what you really think of this initiative?

 

 

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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