High Voltage Transmission and Smart Grids
Electricity transmission is often taken for granted, but it is one of the pillars of advanced, industrialized economies. Fostering investment in electric transmission infrastructure is among the nation's highest energy priorities as a strong grid facilitates the development of alternative generation resources, is more resistant to storms, lowers electricity costs to consumers, promotes a liquid wholesale power market with minimal congestion and market power, improves reliability and energy security, and advances energy independence overall. Investments in the grid also create good, stateside jobs.
The term “smart grid” refers to the application of communication and information technology to the electric transmission and distribution system. As one part of this new network, in-home displays provide real-time information on energy usage and cost, allowing consumers to adjust their habits to save money and reduce peak load demand. In addition, grid monitoring and control devices are used by utilities to anticipate, detect, and resolve problems quickly, minimizing power disruptions and making the grid more reliable and secure. These devices also allow for greater integration of distributed energy (for example, from rooftop solar panels) and intermittent renewable energy sources. And a two-way flow of information and electricity will be necessary for wide scale use of plug-in electric vehicles, which will simultaneously increase demand on the grid and provide opportunities for distributed electricity storage in car batteries.
Learn more about electricity transmission:
- Protecting the Grid from the Impacts of Climate Change
- WIRES University Graduate School – Electric Transmission Infrastructure
- Bipartisan Push for Renewable Energy Led by Governors from Across the Nation
- Electric Transmission Infrastructure 101
- Renewable Energy Finance Forum to be Held in San Francisco Nov 5-6
- White House Announces Plans to Modernize Energy Infrastructure
- WIRES University: Electric Transmission - The Survey Course
- Policies to support Grid Integration of Renewable Energy: Cases and Renewable-Grid Synergies
- Renewable Energy and Transmission: Opportunities and Barriers
- Innovative Technologies to Strengthen the Grid