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New WIRES Study Highlights Benefits of Building Transmission

Posted on 07/29/2013 by Louisa Kinoshi

WIRES and The Brattle group recently released a new study highlights the full range of potential economic, reliability, environmental, and public policy benefits of new and upgraded transmission  For the first time, transmission planners and policy makers now have a catalogue of benefits and techniques that can be used to evaluate which projects will serve customers and the economy best when developing regional plans.

The Benefits of Electric Transmission: Identifying and Analyzing the Value of Investments is a comprehensive analysis that documents:

  • All potential economic, reliability, operational, and public policy benefits from expanding or upgrading the high voltage grid;
  • The evolving experience and existing practices of planners in RTO and non-RTO regions when determining those benefits and the beneficiaries of new transmission capacity; and
  • How planners and policy makers can employ more systematic procedures and analysis to arrive at better transmission (and non-transmission) solutions.

Click here to read the full report (PDF).