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Transmission Accomplished: Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- January 24, 2020

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TGIF, and congratulations to all of you for making it to the end of the week—but that doesn’t mean the pertinent Transmission Professionals Group news comes to a stop! Quite the contrary, we’ve had some critical stories come across this group in the past two weeks and, as usual, I want to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

From regulatory updates to the potential for transmission projects to empower renewables on the grid to a look into the devastating fires in Australia and how the transmission system factors in there, we have some great and important stories to uncover. So let’s get straight to it..

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

Update on Transmission Return on Equity

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/tr/update-transmission-return-equity

Keeping up with the rulings and updates coming out of FERC can be a tedious task, but with Paul Dumais as one of the registered experts in the Transmission Professionals Group you know you’ll not only hear about the most important developments but you’ll also have their implications and downstream effects clearly broken down for you. Earlier this month, for example, Paul let the community know that FERC dockets ER14-12 and ER15-45 on Transmission Return on Equity, and the requests for hearings, comments, and more make this a dynamic situation to keep an eye on.

 

Prowling for Solutions to Unleash Renewable Energy

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/tr/prowling-solutions-unleash-renewable-energy

Transmission systems can be an impediment to building out further renewable energy systems when there’s not enough capacity for peak generation, but the proper planning of new transmission can on the other hand open up the possibility for new renewable generation investment. In this regard, Victoria Hudson takes us into her home state with this regard and how the state is searching for transmission infrastructure to be built out in a way that will enable the state’s ambitious goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050. Intermittency, the lack of maturity reached in energy storage, and more still stand in the way, and this is a hot topic of concern in Vermont.

Australia had plans to prevent fire blackouts. They just weren’t ready in time

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/tr/australia-had-plans-prevent-fire-blackouts-they-just-weren%E2%80%99t-ready-time

Lastly comes the most impactful story from the beginning of 2020 in the bushfire crisis that engulfed Australia for several weeks. The reach of impact of these fires was far-reaching, and the energy sector of course had a critical role to play through these weeks in trying to keep power on across the country in the midst of this disaster. With that in mind, Rakesh Sharma shares an interesting article on how the fires have had “a profound effect on the refashioning of contours of Australia’s existing grid.” From remote locations trying to go off grid to energy storage build out and more, the utility industry side of this story is widespread and will be one to watch in the coming months.

 

Thanks for reading this edition of ‘Transmission Accomplished.’ If you want to be featured in this spot, if you think I missed a story, or if you want to get more involved in any way—don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments. See you right here in two weeks!

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