Reconductoring and rebuilding existing transmission pathways using advanced conductors could lower costs and accelerate the decarbonization of the power grid, according to a new report by Grid Strategies.
The report, Advanced Conductors on Existing Transmission Corridors to Accelerate Low Cost Decarbonization, was prepared by Grid Strategies for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), CTC Global Corporation, Lamifil Inc North America, Natural Resources Defense Council, Taihan Electric USA Ltd., and TS Conductor Corporation.
“To accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy, we must upgrade and expand our nation’s antiquated transmission grid,” Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of ACORE, said. “Over the long term, the construction of new interregional transmission lines to form a U.S. Macro Grid will be critical to this effort. But in the near term, we must take advantage of opportunities like reconductoring to ensure we are maximizing the capacity of our existing grid infrastructure. This technology can be deployed relatively quickly, which is important in helping the U.S. stay on track to meet our climate targets. Federal and state officials, and transmission planners and owners, should take notice of the recommended actions outlined in this report to increase the utilization of high-efficiency advanced conductors.”
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