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The build out of the smart grid puts increasing pressure on the nation’s aging electric power transmission system, which is the high-voltage part of the electric power infrastructure responsible for the bulk transfer of electricity from power plants to substations located near population centers. After years of neglect, it is clear that we need more than Band-Aids and piecemeal patches to enable a smarter, modern grid. Simply planting more towers and stringing more line won’t prepare the nation’s electric power transmission infrastructure to meet the energy challenges ahead. What will it take? And how will we get there? Scroll through the information below to learn about the trends and smart grid technologies likely to shape tomorrow’s electric power transmission system.

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Electric power transmission toolkit

ABB, electric power transmission, electric power transmission system, electric power transmission infrastructure, smart grid electric power transmission, smart grid
How are we going to turn our frail and neglected electric power transmission system into a secure and reliable smart grid? It’s a critical and timely issue, which is why we’ve loaded this toolkit with some of the best analysis, most-promising trends and smartest research relating to next steps in electric power transmission.

Smart grid wins: Sensus snags Verdeeco and more industry news

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects, mergers, partnerships, metering, transmission
This week’s smart grid wins roundup offers a variety of newsworthy projects and developments. Read about a milestone, an acquisition, awards and projects ranging from Itron’s smart grid platform for National Grid’s Worcester, Mass. pilot to GE Digital Energy’s work in Brazil and additional news from the smart grid sector.

Smart grid market research: a quick review

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, metering, transmission, smart water, smart cities
There is a massive amount of smart grid market research out there on every conceivable topic. We’ve selected a sampling of the latest reports that should interest many of our readers. Click for a quick look at new research in the transmission, metering, smart cities and smart water markets.

It's a global week for smart grid projects news

Smart Grid, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,
This week’s smart grid wins roundup features quick summaries of a broad range of projects, from metering to energy storage management, from around the globe. Don’t forget to check out an interesting selection of awards and partnerships.

Smart grid wins: Opower files for IPO (and much more news of the week)

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, financing, IT, renewables, smart meters, transmission
It’s been yet another big week for smart grid projects and developments, not to mention interesting news on renewable energy company First Wind’s infusion of cash and Opower’s long-rumored IPO. Click for details on those stories and other news from a variety of smart grid companies.

Smart grid wins… new projects, awards and developments

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid wins, smart grid companies, projects
As always, it’s been a busy week for smart grid projects and developments. So we’re sharing a selection that should be interesting… from metering and energy storage to analytics and transmission. And don’t miss the new partnerships, and awards to CenterPoint Energy and Silver Spring Networks for their consumer education efforts.

Keeping the lights on and more in this week’s Smart Grid Wins

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, transmission, smart water, renewable energy, demand response, DR, smart grid vendors
From metering and geothermal projects to transmission, there’s quite a variety of projects and developments in this week’s Smart Grid Wins. And don’t miss the piece on EnerNOC’s efforts to keep the power on in several states where extreme cold has spiked demand.

Why smart wires should be part of your smart grid

smart grid, smart grid technology, transmission, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
With power demand at a low point, many utilities are none too eager to sink money into new transmission projects. But what if they didn’t have to? What if they could push more power into an area through existing lines? Read the story for details on the technology that could make that possible.

An even dozen smart grid wins in Santa’s bag this week

smart grid, smart grid projects, smart grid technology, smart water, transmission, wind power, Siemens, ABB, Itron
It really is a mixed bag of smart grid wins with wind, water, transmission and other projects. And we’ve got the scoop on lots of awards and recognitions from the likes of Itron, The Bonneville Power Administration, Tollgrade Communications and Silicon Valley Power.

North America's transmission boom continues to the tune of $163 billion

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid transmission, transmission projects, transmission investment, trends
Yes, energy demand is growing very slowly. But investments in transmission projects are increasing so quickly that the value of projects is expected to almost double in a year’s time. Click for a quick read about who is involved and why they are investing when demand growth is so slow.

Transmission, energy storage and more in this week’s smart grid wins

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid wins, metering, energy storage, transmission data centers, electric utilities, rural electric cooperatives
It’s the holiday season, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed the pace in the smart grid sector. Take a look at this week’s smart grid wins, a collection that includes storage, metering and transmission projects, a microgrid demo and a gift from IBM to Nova Scotia schools.

Report: AC transmission still leads, but HVDC is growing (especially in China)

Smart Grid, HVDC transmission, transmission, voltage-source converters, transmission China, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,
A new report from Navigant Research suggests growth in electricity demand, transmission system congestion and grid instability is driving worldwide adoption of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission. Click to see what the report says has removed doubts about classic HVDC transmission.

Winning isn’t everything (but it helps)… this week’s smart grid wins

Smart grid, smart grid projects, cogeneration, demand response, transmission, solar power, energy storage, electric utilities
The slate of wins in this week’s roundup offers a glimpse of what’s happening in a variety of smart grid sectors: from demand response and energy storage to cogeneration and transmission. And don’t miss Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s smart grid project award and partnership and acquisition news.

Smart grid wins: first major U.S. transmission project in decades (and more)

Smart grid, smart grid technology, transmission, IT, energy management, customer information systems, electric utilities, smart grid vendors
As always, there is a lot of variety in this week’s collection of smart grid wins, including the first major U.S. transmission project in decades, grid modernization, energy and workforce management, customer information systems and a prestigious award for EnerNex and NIST.

5 steps to get America the transmission it needs (it's not hopeless)

Smart grid, smart grid technology, transmission, transmission investment, strategy, electric utilities
We already know why we need more transmission. The big question is where and how to get it. Three SGN guest authors have collaborated on a thoughtful examination of the future of transmission, and they offer five steps as a straightforward answer to that big question.

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