A "Must Read" for Everyone Involved in T&D
Earlier this year, The Brattle Group submitted a peer reviewed report "The Benefits of Electric Transmission: Identifying and Analyzing the Value of Investments" to "WIRES" (Working group for Investment in Reliable and Economic electric Systems)*
WIRES commissioned the report in an effort to help develop, among other things, more equitable means of evaluating the numerous ways investment in transmission projects might benefit stakeholders, ratepayers and society in-general. The report catalogues a number of potential benefits that could (or should) be considered by planners and policymakers.
CTC Global applauds the thoughtful compilation of facts, as many of them underscore the important role advanced technologies such as the ACCC conductor can play in improving the efficiency, capacity and reliability of the grid.
While the report doesn't recommend any technology or solution in particular, its discussions regarding the substantial impact reductions in line losses and grid congestion can have, are remarkable and quite accurate.
As CTC Global has also pointed out in the past, line loss reductions can not only conserve fuel (and in some cases reduce emissions), they can also reduce generation capacity requirements, improve grid reliability and improve project economics. These are just a few examples of how the ACCC conductor and other emerging technologies can benefit society.
While CTC Global initially developed the ACCC conductor to alleviate congested transmission lines by leveraging aerospace technology, the ACCC conductor's lower resistance
compared to other conductors of the same diameter and weight also serves to reduce line losses by 25 to 40% or more under equal load conditions. The advantages provided by the ACCC conductor are very much aligned with several key elements discussed in the report.
More about WIRES and their report can be found at the WIRES website: www.wiresgroup.com
More information about ACCC conductor can be found at CTC Global's website: www.ctcglobal.com