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The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Policy and Regulatory Changes for Grid Modernization

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Policy and Regulatory Changes for Grid Modernization

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector.  NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff In a vast sea of partisanship, the electrical grid is an island that both parties can agree is important, requires investment, and needs protecting. President Trump campaigned on the assertion that the United States needs a $1 trillion infrastructure package. All of the technology in the world is Read more [...]
The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: The Future Grid

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: The Future Grid

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector. NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff The basic technologies used to deliver electricity from generator to customer were largely unchanged from the 1880s to the 1980s. But technological advancements in the past few decades have significantly improved the efficiency, reliability, and security of that electricity delivery and will continue Read more [...]
The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Grid Control & Monitoring

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Grid Control & Monitoring

This is the third in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector. NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff New technologies are giving electrical grid operators more insight into real-time operations, allowing them to optimize system performance. A flexible alternating current transmission system (FACTS) is a combination of technologies that together can boost the capacity of alternating current (AC) transmission Read more [...]
The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Transmission Lines

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Transmission Lines

This is the second in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector. NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff Possibly the biggest advancement in transmission technology is the resurgence of direct current for high-voltage transmission. So-called HVDC transmission projects are gaining traction globally—not just as a way to transmit electricity between the various asynchronous interconnections, but also to Read more [...]
The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Energy Storage Systems

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Energy Storage Systems

This is the first in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector. NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff When I think of someone turning up the air conditioning or powering a blow dryer, I envision a distant power plant ramping up incrementally to meet the increased demand. Energy storage is changing that, and it is coming on fast. The application and use of energy storage systems has grown dramatically Read more [...]
Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several member companies met with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate conference committee working to reach an agreement on the first broad energy bill in nearly a decade. We are advocating for the swift development and passage of a comprehensive energy bill with a number of specific provisions important to our members. Both the House of Representatives Read more [...]
Argonne Observations

Argonne Observations

Dear Mr. President, We at NEMA were delighted when you visited Argonne National Laboratory to raise the curtain on initiatives aimed at delivering a “clean and security energy future” to the nation. One part of the two-part strategy you unveiled was music to our ears:  making our current energy resources go farther across the economy. The other part was expanding domestic energy sources, mostly in renewables. You spoke of an “Energy Efficiency Race to the Top challenge” Read more [...]
Obama continues to push infrastructure bank

Obama continues to push infrastructure bank

A central policy recommendation touted by President Obama during his multistate bus tour this week is the creation of an infrastructure bank.   But does it make sense to be talking about a new government program while we are battling with the highest national debt ever?  In a word, yes.   Despite the unprecedented importance to our economy of bringing down our deficits and our debt, make no mistake that the federal government will continue to make decisions on Read more [...]
Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

This week, the deadline passed for the federal government to appeal the February ruling by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which invalidated the establishment of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.  These NIETCs were conceived in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and designed by the Department of Energy to streamline the regulatory landscape in two of the most congested regions of the country—the Southwest and the Mid-Atlantic.  If progress in these areas can be stymied, what Read more [...]
The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

George Carlin was made famous for his 7 Dirty Words.  But when it comes to meeting our electricity demands of the 21st century, we can add another word whose utterance should cause shock and outrage to the general public: NIMBY. NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) is the genesis for much of the opposition to various endeavors that would serve the public, such as improving the electrical grid. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just released an updated report on the state of transmission Read more [...]