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"The combination of aging infrastructure and extreme weather can compromise the reliable, efficient operation of the existing transmission system." This summary is anything but surprising, but the bigger question is whether anything will come from it. Do you see utilities, regulators, and policymakers prioritizing updating infrastructure? Perhaps the PG&E fiasco is...
Matt, I do regularly see utilities ongoing efforts to continuously maintain and improve their facilities in addition to developing the new facilities required for accessing and delivering new resources. It will always be a struggle to compromise and determine the best place to put the finances.
Why is it so hard to pay for the ounce of prevention in the first place? Kicking the can down the line is too easy when the consequences aren't totally visible. I'm hoping a silver lining of this whole CA situation can be that these impacts are no longer theoretical, but there's B-roll filled with it in the media that will force people and decision-makers to pay attention
The article states, "demand for electricity has sky-rocketed". It would be helpful to know what area of the US that is referring to. I believe ISO-NE, NYISO, PJM and MISO all are reporting relatively flat load growth for the foreseeable future.
I suppose it's better late than never. "Sky-rocketed" perhaps was an exageration, relatively speaking. Demand during fire season, localized to specific regions, shoots up as a matter of necessity. For obvious reason, gas options are out of the question due to risk of fire, and oftentimes generators are needed for various vital pieces of equipment, including water pumps and...
Thanks so much for sharing your insights for those of us who unfortunately couldn't attend in person, Tuan! Most electrical utilities collect massive amount of valuable data that need to be turned into standard information models to create significant values that has not been discovered. What do you think is the biggest challenge towards this? Is it simply the large...
Hi Matt, the biggest challenge depends on different utilities and their operating enviroment in different countries / regions. For example: in Australia the immediate priority is integrating renewable generation sources, e.g.
How High-Performance ACCC Conductors May Reduce the Need for Power Outages During Fire Season - CTC GlobalModern transmission technologies may help reduce the risk of fire
What's the biggest impediment towards these technologies from being implemented more widely in areas where they can help (California)? Is it just the cost to invest? Because obviously when you look at the cost of inaction and how PG&E has suffered since the spate of wildfires, the investment costs may no longer look so bad.
Thanks Matt. The ACCC Conductor is relatively new and Utilities are highly risk adverse for good reason. With that said there are more than 700 ACCC Installations, in ~50 countries. Here in California, SCE has already completed or is in the process of completing around a half-dozen ACCC Conductor upgrades and have over two dozen more in the queue.