CTC Global Supports Transmission & Distribution Energy Efficiency Policy Initiative

Written by Dave Bryant

July 8, 2019

During Q-2, 2019, CTC Global participated in six National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) regional meetings held throughout the United States. At these meetings, CTC Global presented a case for the state energy and regulatory offices to work together to initiate a T&D Energy Efficiency Policy within each state.
Specifically, the initiative would “direct” the state electric utilities to use energy efficiency decision criteria and tests to guide increased energy efficiency choices when designing a T&D project.

For these long-lived projects, economic efficiency investment would be made alongside capacity investment from the early design phase of a T&D project.  This is how Minnesota, earlier this year, implemented an Electric Utility Infrastructure efficiency policy initiative.

The policy guidance, initiated by multiple state departments with some additional funding by DOE-Energy Efficiency Office, completed a series of stakeholder workshops which culminated in a FINAL REPORT describing the initiative, its potential energy savings, and recommendations for implementation by the state utilities.

Minnesota’s website also offers many other resources for understanding their process and recommendations that other states could adopt for their own policy initiatives.

Each state implementing this policy would see a significant reduction in T&D system losses with a resulting reduction in annual CO2 emissions as well as enabling a smaller amount of generating capacity to fully serve customer electricity demands. CTC Global will be working with several states that have expressed interest in exploring how their state might implement this initiative and gain the resulting economic and emission benefits.

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1 Comment

  1. Madan Sachdeva

    ACCC is a good for refurbishing & upgrading of TLs and many countries including India are using. In case of new lines , height of tower as well as ROW gets reduced due to low sag. I have following questions:

    i) Whether ACCC conductor has been used for bus bar in S/Ss and if so how the high temp. of bus bar effect when connected to S/S equipment which is suitable for 75-80 degree C or number of S/S bays are increased in the S/S to handle more power available due to use of high temp. conductor

    ii) When the line is running at its full capacity , what is the temperature of conductor at its outer surface and if it is high , do the birds avoid sitting on the conductor or outer surface temperature is similar to that of conventional ACSR conductor

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