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    Physical Security
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    Aerial view of Lister Drive Greener Grid Park.
    Digital Innovations

    Helping the UK Power Grid Spin Back its System Inertia

    April 4, 2023
    The way to a more stable UK grid may lie with a new application of an older technology: synchronous condensers.
    Courtesy: Rick Wilhoit and Ameren Missouri
    A bald eagle flies over Bagnell Dam at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.
    Electric Utility Operations

    Drone-Installed Diverters Prevent Bird-Line Collisions

    April 3, 2023
    Ameren Missouri partnered with a contractor to install bird diverters via drone on distribution and high-voltage transmission lines above a river.
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    Electric Utility Operations

    Spotlight on the Line Trade: Kyle Kusser

    March 31, 2023
    Lead Lineman Kyle Kusser said he was made to work in the line trade and enjoys working out in the field.
    Photo by Ian Dyball, Dreamstime.
    HVDC is a technology choice when moving electricity longer distances from offshore wind generation to land.
    Distributed Energy Resources

    Pathways to Transmission Investment and a U.S. Macro Grid

    March 30, 2023
    The transmission lines that will carry clean energy is so far lagging behind the development of installed clean energy capacity.
    Photo by SMUD and EPRI.
    The team is conducting a four-year study to restore approximately 20 acres of California prairie under photovoltaic solar panels.
    Distributed Energy Resources

    California Prairie Restoration Among the Solar Arrays

    March 29, 2023
    The site of a decommissioned nuclear power plant and current solar power project could teach a utility how to sustainably manage land, water, wildlife and vegetation.

    More content from April 2023

    Field-testing engineers configure load settings and test the equipment and associated wiring.
    Field-testing engineers configure load settings and test the equipment and associated wiring.
    Electric Utility Operations

    ComEd Leverages Voltage Optimization for Energy Savings

    March 28, 2023
    Through voltage optimization, Commonwealth Edison is optimizing customer voltages and lowering power generation demand.
    Photo by Varandah, Dreamstime.
    Fencing and other physical barriers are one method of area denial for power grid equipment, although no one solution guarantees safety.
    Safety and Training

    Security in the Sights: Utilities Face Armed Physical Security Threats

    March 27, 2023
    Industry voices answer the questions: What kind of person shoots at an electric substation, and why? And what can be done about it?
    Department of Energy
    Transmission Regionsin Needs Study Map Color
    Overhead Transmission

    Proving the Point: DOE Study Supports Calls for Transmission Upgrades

    March 22, 2023
    The U.S. electricity transmission system needs new structures, wires and substations, upgrades to existing infrastructure and more grid-enhancing technologies (GETs) to support...
    BalWin1 and BalWin2 offshore grid connections to Germany. Courtesy of Siemens Energy.
    Overhead Transmission

    Extending The Power Grid’s Boundaries With HVDC-VSC

    March 15, 2023
    Integrating gigawatts of offshore power requires all the technological parts working together harmoniously.
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    Smart Utility

    Bringing Broadband to Underserved Communities in Upstate New York

    March 15, 2023
    The broadband revolution, which has created boundless opportunities in education, communication and even entertainment, passed by less populated parts of New York as well as the...
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    Overhead Transmission

    Making Transmission Cool: A New Look at High-Temperature Superconductors

    March 3, 2023
    With highway and railway rights-of-way being shared with transmission lines, reducing the space required for those lines and increasing their capacity is a critical element in...