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Transmission Accomplished: Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Transmission Professionals Group in Energy Central- February 7, 2020

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Has it been two weeks already? Guess so, because I’m back here again with another issue of Transmission Accomplished, our bi-weekly digest of the content in Energy Central’s Transmission Professionals Group that you may have missed (but you really don’t want to miss).

The name of the game recently is in discussions of current and future investments in the transmission sector, which are considered long overdue. But as the news these past two weeks have shown, there is a lot to be excited about.

Matt Chester

Community Manager


A New Model for Investing in Transmission

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As the utility sector continues to evolve with new generation mixes, a trend towards decentralized energy, and even consumers becoming pro-sumers, discussions of how all that new power in new places will be transported to where it’s needed sometimes fall lower on the priority list. However, Hudson Gilmer, Co-founder and CEO of LineVision, outlines in this post how a new model for building transmission is emerging that takes advantage of advanced technologies like sensors and practices in analytics to actually optimize existing transmission infrastructure in a way that’s way more affordable and efficient than building out new lines from the ground up.

BPA Upgrades Its Bulk Power Trading Technology and Eyes Market Opportunities

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Another opportunity to explore investments in transmission is by altering what the strategy of energy trading across the transmission system looks like. To investigate this opportunity, DW Keefer takes the Energy Central audience through a new system of real-time, within-hour power trades in five minute intervals that are looking to transform Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission system.


FERC Grants Rehearing in PATH Project Case

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Lastly, the Energy Central Transmission Professionals Group’s resident transmission regulatory expert, Paul Dumais of Dumais Consulting, shares an update from the dockets of FERC. Specifically, Paul outlines FERC’s recently issued Opinion 554-A that ruled on how the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (or PATH, a cancelled PJM project) was determined that it could not recover the full 10.4% of costs it was seeking, with the total reduced to account for disallowed recovery costs for civic, political, and other related costs. The decisions of FERC in these matters will continue to be important for investors in the grid system to look into when evaluating future projects, so keeping an ear to the ground on FERC trends is critical.



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 two weeks!


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