WHAT WILL MODERN TRANSMISSION LOOK LIKE?
Though transmission congestion decreased and capacity increased in the last few years because of large expansions, such as those set forth by ERCOT, the grid remains in need of updates. Improved technology becomes more and more necessary and capacity expands.
The question hanging in the balance is what happens next? Less transmission development is planned, aging lines will be retired, and capacity is being pushed. What is the consumer cost then? And where is the incentive for utilities to adopt technologies and to upgrade?
An article published March 26 at utilitydive.com covers this topic in detail and hits on what FERC can do to prompt modernization.