Transmission could reduce power generation costs

By Paul Dvorak Anna Flavia Rochas / NREL
New transmission capacity in Western U.S. could reduce total power generation costs by billions of dollars by reducing wind power curtailment and fossil fuel expenses said National Renewable Energy Laboratory aid in a study published in January.
The Plains & Eastern HVDC line will also impose a narrower right-of-way footprint than equivalent AC lines with the same transmission capacity, according to project files.
“To overcome the chicken-and-egg conundrum around transmission and deployment of remote renewable energy, coordinated generation and transmission planning, which isn’t the practice in many regions today, is really critical,” NREL researcher Jennie Jorgenson told Wind

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