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Transmission Accomplished: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- October 9, 2020

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The transmission aspect of the utility industry is, it goes without saying, indispensable. But in popular mainstream media, it’s typically the generation side that will dominate headlines—discussions on new power plants, trends of where energy mix is heading, and more. But for those in the know in the utility business, the state of transmission infrastructure today and the modernization of these systems into the future is absolutely a top priority, and keeping abreast with those developments can arguably be one of the most important areas of story to cover.

That’s why the Transmission Professionals Group of Energy Central is so key—you have insiders and leaders across the Transmission business here to push forward the important stories and keep you informed about key decisions and progress. Below you’ll see some of those most important of those stories from the past few weeks highlighted—let me know in the comments if you think I missed any stories that should be getting top billing today!

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

A Case for Modern Power Line Conductors

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/case-modern-power-line-conductors

Almost all would agree about the need for modernization across the utility industry, but not enough debate may be going on about what specific technologies are necessary. Upgrading the massive T&D infrastructure across the country is no small task, so we don’t want to do it now and then again in a few years when we think a different technology may be better—making these decisions today so imperative. In this post by Dave Bryant, Director of Technology at CTC Global, he makes the case for using modern power line conductors in any approach to upgrade transmission today.

Michigan Technical Study Task Force

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/michigan-technical-study-task-force-mtstf-september-18-2020

The planning and ultimate decisions in the transmission area are hotly watched across the industry, and Rao Konidena (Consultant with Rakon Energy LLC) highlights a Michigan Technical Study that will potentially inform the MISO Transmission Expansion Plan. Follow Rao’s link and engage him with your thoughts and questions on this critical topic in the comments section.

 

Electrifying Summer Experience

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/electrifying-summer-experiences

While we all naturally turn to veterans of the industry for insights and perspective, understanding the viewpoints and observation of those new to the industry can be just as enlightening as we move to a future transmission sector that likely will look quite different from the old one. That’s where this article from a Duke University student, Rajat Prashant Pungaliya, who interned at SmartBlock Communities and National Grid can be so informative. Read through his transformative summer and see what new ways of looking at the industry you think he may bring that you could be blocked off from out of a default to the way things have always been done.

Strategic Underground Program

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/strategic-underground-program

Finally, Mike Beehler—COO of Mike Beehler & Associates, LLC—shares links to Dominion Energy and Georgia Power plans to take their transmission infrastructure underground. These would be expansive and costly projects, so the question is if they will payback their investment (whether in dollars or in increased reliability of service for customers). What are your thoughts on the trends towards undergrounding? Share them with Mike in response to these links!

 

 

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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