These days, everyone has a lot on their plate – especially transmission engineers and planners. Lots to do, often with limited resources and support. The folks at the other end of the hall are equally busy trying to figure out how they can help your company reach its sustainability goals. The pressure is on and the clock is ticking. Fortunately, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have been signed into law which will help provide funding and other incentives for utilities (big and small) to used Advanced Technologies like the ACCC® Conductor here in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy anticipates the capacity of the grid needs to increase by 60 percent by 2030 if we are to reach U.S. electrification and sustainability goals. The ACCC® Conductor can help you do both. It offers twice the capacity of legacy steel reinforced ACSR conductors with line loss reductions of ~30 percent under any load condition. To date, this is how ACCC® Benefits add up:
Line Loss Reductions of ACCC® Conductor currently installed:
Saves 6,856,599 MWh Every Year – Enough Electricity to Power 639,907 US Homes or Recharge 1,804,368 Electric Cars
Reduces CO2 Emission by 4,268,264 Metric Tons/year – The Equivalent of Removing 927,884 Cars (@4.6 MT/car/year)
Replaces 3,300 MW of Wind Generation (40% capacity factor)
Potentially Saves 82 Billion Gallons of Water/year (on average,12k gallons of clean filtered water is converted to steam at thermal power plants to generate one MWh of electricity)