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EPRI unveils initiative to improve transmission system efficiency


November 5, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) disclosed plans for an industry-wide ‘transmission efficiency’ demonstration collaborative that will identify technologies leading to greater efficiency in the bulk power system, an increase in system utilization, and a reduction in line and equipment losses.

The initiative’s goal is to improve efficiency and stem losses of
electricity that would otherwise flow to the end user. T&D losses
account for about 300 billion kWh in the United States, says EPRI, and
reducing such losses will allow utilities to generate less power and
thereby lower the industry’s carbon footprint.

“Improving the technology and efficiency of the transmission system is
a key component in developing a smarter national grid,” said Arshad
Mansoor, vice-president of EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization
sector. “This collaborative will go hand-in-hand with ongoing efforts
to extract new efficiencies—from generation to end-use—throughout the
entire industry.”

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