Public Opinion and Electric Reliability

As energy professionals, we have a particular perspective on electric power transmission issues—by no means homogeneous opinions—but nevertheless, a perspective born of experience, of training, and of familiarity.

Members of the public, however, have their own perspectives. And one that I’ve been following for some time is The Power Line, a blog mostly focused on organizing against the PATH transmission project in West Virginia. Its latest post addresses electric power reliability, arguing against the benefits of transmission projects and for a greater emphasis on distributed generation, smart grid, and conservation. Certainly there are problems with the author’s analysis. For one, the article presents a false dichotomy between transmission and distributed generation. Nevertheless, The Power Line, and this post in particular, offers us insight in to another point–of–view. I recommend you read it.

What other sources for a fresh point–of–view would you recommend to an electric power professional?

1 thought on “Public Opinion and Electric Reliability

  1. David,
    Thanks for noticing The Power Line, the View from Calhoun County. Your claim that I stated a “false dichotomy” between distributed generation and transmission is not correct. I do believe that the industry is wrong to be so focused on new high voltage transmission capacity in certain land based projects, when there are so many other more cost effective and higher priority transmission needs. In the recent post you refer to, I strongly supported reconductoring and rebuilding of existing transmission. I also strongly supported the new DC offshore backbone from VA to NJ. My point was clearly stated that unneeded new transmission construction is sucking investment out of real improvements in our distribution system, where they are most needed to support real distributed generation. As I stated in the post, I am a strong supporter of improving the security and reliability of our transmission grid, but I want it to be done right.

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