An interesting article in Intelligent Utility reviews a number of the research and development (R&D) priorities facing transmission and renewable power development. One of those priorities is maximizing the capacity and efficiency of the existing grid. Given the levels of congestion already occurring in many parts of the grid, it will be impossible to add
Sustainable Business Oregon recently published an article highlighting NCETI’s Portland, Oregon Clean Energy Transmission Forum held on July 14, 2010. To read the article, click here.
I recently wrote an article for Sustainable Business Oregon that you might be interested in reading. In it, I discuss the need for additional transmission lines to link renewable energy sources from the point of generation (which is usually located far from American cities) to the homes and businesses that use the electricity. New transmission
Jeff Stein works with David Gardiner & Associates in Washington, DC. Recent threats to our electric grid, along with numerous studies, have highlighted the possibility of attacks on our electric grid infrastructure and the need for stronger grid defense. Just as the balkanization of transmission policies, specifically siting and cost allocation, inhibit our potential to
The Energy Future Coalition’s National Clean Energy Transmission Initiative (NCETI), along with the Renewable Northwest Project, Climate Solutions, and the Northwest Energy Coalition, hosted a conference last Wednesday in Portland, Oregon focused on the issues of, and potential solutions to, the development of clean energy transmission within the United States. The conference highlighted the importance
The Energy Future Coalition, in cooperation with the National Clean Energy Transmission Initiative, is planning two clean energy transmission community forums this summer – one in Des Moines, Iowa and the other in Portland, Oregon. Both events will be expert forums on the critical role of transmission in enabling the development of renewable energy resources
Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin) recently released a discussion draft of a bill to amend the Federal Power Act to require regional transmission plans. A brief summary of the highlights follows. FERC, in consultation with electric reliability organizations, transmission operators, transmission owners and states, must designate one or more regions in both the
A recent study, detailed in this article by Jack Smith of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, shows how new transmission lines from wind farms in West Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area would “enable a huge expansion of the state’s wind-power industry, lower electric bills, generate jobs, reduce emissions and conserve water.” The study was conducted by