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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.

How to keep customers cool when it’s hot outside (and an idea you may have forgotten)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid tecnology, transmission, demand response, electric utilities
In areas where summer weather turns hot and often stays that way for days, the electric grid can take a beating. What options do utilities have when their customers come home and turn on all those air conditioners? Guest author Dave Bryant has some ideas and he’s not talking about new generation or more transmission lines.

The U.S. grid is the worst in the industrialized world (outages are up 285%!)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, U.S. electric grid, electricity infrastructure, power outages, power outage frequency, electric utilities
The frequency of U.S. power outages has risen dramatically over the past 30 years. And they now cost American businesses up to $150 billion a year. Click for details and a graphic that identifies the states with the highest number of outages.

Smart grid wins: new transmission projects and a major solar farm at Indy 500

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects, transmission, solar farms
In this week’s smart grid wins roundup you can read about new transmission projects for ABB, Alstom Grid and others, an impressive new solar farm at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, grants for Washington energy storage projects and an award for Sensus.

Could Tesla's energy transmitter finally come to life? (some Russians think so)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, wireless electricity, wireless electricity transmissionm Russia
In the early days of the 20th century Nikola Tesla tried to build his dream: a massive tower that would wirelessly transmit electricity. Tesla failed for a variety of reasons, but Russian scientists are trying to make his dream a reality, and they’re looking for investors.

Smart grid wins: Defense Department solves a transmission line issue and much more

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid companies, mergers and acquisitions
Transmission, renewable energy, smart water management systems, energy storage and energy efficiency projects and developments. They’re all a part of this week’s smart grid wins. Click to read about a variety of interesting projects here and abroad.

A busy week for smart grid wins: new projects, an acquisition and honors

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid vendors, renewables, metering
There’s quite a lot in this week’s smart grid wins roundup. Click to read about Landis+Gyr’s acquisition of PowerSense, Silver Spring Networks’ new partnership, an award for BitStew Systems, a major solar installation on tribal lands and a variety of interesting smart grid projects.

Smart grid wins: A quick way to keep up with smart grid companies

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technologies, smart grid companies, transmission, energy storage, smart grid projects
There’s plenty of news from smart grid companies this week, from projects and milestones to collaborations and partnerships. Click for a quick look at projects and developments from Ideal Power, C3 Energy, IBM, Silver Spring Networks, Schneider Electric and others.

Grid operators: Your current tools are failing you (and what to consider instead)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, transmission, grid optimization, electric utilities
As we load increasing amounts of stress onto our transmission system, whether from renewables integration or other sources, threats to grid stability grow too. Battelle’s Jason Black explains why it is so critical to get away from relying on the old models and address today’s new challenges with new solutions.

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.

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