A massive T&D system build-out is starting, but more needs to be done. Executives from Northeast Utilities, Pepco Holdings and ITC Holdings discuss improvements needed for reliability,...
consultant known for his expertise in zonal pricing for electric transmission, point out the problem:
"Transmission engineers sleep well at night. That should indicate the transmission has a lot more capacity in it than we now use. We haven't pushed it to the margins."
But how exactly to "push" T&D to the limit? Regulators expect that the wires business will somehow become more efficient even while continuing with cost-of-service regulation.
Notes Pravin Varaiya, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California at Berkeley: "The current regime is very reliable, but that reliability has been achieved through redundancy, not innovation."
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