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Transmission Accomplished: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- November 6, 2020

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For a part of the utility industry that has infrastructure built and then last for many, many years, the rate at which new technology, news, insights, and debates arise in the transmission sector is immense. But that’s because the impact of upgrades to digital transmission tech can be great, the strategies to optimally use that transmission infrastructure is evolving, and the work it takes to maintain and modernize T&D is immense. So, keeping abreast of the latest developments is just as critical as in any other part of the utility scene, which is why the Transmission Professionals community of Energy Central is so important. If you’ve lapsed in keeping up with the latest and greatest, though, fear not—every four weeks I put together this digest with the most popular and insightful content submitted to the community for you to catch up on.

And if I’m missing any hot stories or important topics, do let me know in the comments!


Matt Chester

Community Manager


Integrating Inverter Based Resources in the Bulk Power Grid

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The technology that pervades the transmission infrastructure is one of the more exciting areas in the coming years, with digital opportunities creating new possibilities, cyber threats making a focus more important, and the goal of reliable and resilient infrastructure remaining the top priority. In this post by Rajarshi Roychowdhury of the AES Corporation (which was also a part of our highly informative and successful Special Issue on DERs—check out the whole thing if you missed it!), he highlights for our readers how inverter based resources (like solar and wind) will become increasingly important on the transmission grid that was traditionally focused on bulk power from utility-scale projects.


Ensuring Electric Grid Supply Chain Security: Developing and Sharing a Holistic Threat Assessment

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Grid security, and security of the energy supply to that grid, are among the most important topics being debated and improved in the utility sector today. That’s one reason we’re grateful that Steven Naumann of Protect Our Power is sharing his articles series on ensuring electric grid supply chain security with the Transmission Professionals Community. This article in the on-going five-part series featured some good discussion in the comments, so after reading be sure to hop into that conversation and ask Steven any questions you have!


Knowing These 3 Fault-Clearing Strategies Will Make Your HVDC Transmission Reliable

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In terms of transformative technologies that might make their way to the transmission sector, HVDC is atop that list. The ability to efficiently and effectively transmit power even longer distances opens up so many doors for markets, for clean energy, and more. In this post from Rauf Fattakh of Prospero Events Group, he highlights key strategies when implementing HVDC that will be critical for practitioners to keep in mind as these technologies expand.


Can Distributed Energy Resources displace the need for a transmission project?

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Last but not least is this interesting thought piece from Rao Konidena of Rakon Energy looking into how the landscape of utilities really is changing at its core. Rather than central power generation being the only game in town, DERs are quickly on the rise—and FERC Order 2222 on DER Aggregation has only recently added to that. So what does the proliferation of DERs mean for the future of transmission projects? Read this piece to find out!




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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