in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

The California Energy Commission has awarded $5.85 million to the University of California for a package of transmission grid improvement research initiatives. The funding will help ensure that California's electric transmission grid can handle the challenges of the 21st century while increasing renewable energy choices.

"California must develop and maintain a cost-effective, reliable transmission system capable of responding to important policy challenges, including reducing global warming," says Energy Commission Chairwoman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel. "By funding transmission grid research now, we can better address the energy infrastructure challenges in the future."

Thirteen projects address new grid technology developments, environmental research in transmission planning, and solar and wind power analysis. Specific research includes: 

- examining how to adapt new technologies to benefit California ratepayers,

- identifying the greenhouse gas emissions and energy inefficiencies of electric transmission systems,

- integrating wind power into the state's transmission system, and 

- developing methods for congestion planning and uncertainty forecasting.

Researchers will identify what improvements are required for California's aging electric transmission infrastructure for moving electricity generated by new renewable power facilities on the grid.

SOURCE: California Energy Commission


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Could New Desert Plan Spell The End Of California Wind Energy Development?

The California Wind Energy Association says it is disappointed with the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which was recently released by state and federal agencies.


New U.S. House Bill Includes Wind PTC Extension

U.S. representatives have introduced the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014, which would extend the production tax credit (PTC) and other provisions through 2016.


Utility-Scale Wind And Solar Keep Getting Cheaper

A new study measures the levelized cost of energy from various technologies and suggests that the costs of utility-scale wind and solar power are catching up with those of traditional sources, even without subsidies.


The Song Remains The Same: Ontario Seeks More Science Before Lifting Offshore Ban

The Ontario government says the nearly four-year-old offshore wind moratorium will remain in place until the province fully understands the technology’s impact on the environment.


Why States Should Adopt A Renewable Portfolio Standard

A new study analyzes the potential benefits of state renewable energy mandates, as well as recommends what such policies should include.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
UnitedEquip_id1995
Future Energy_id2008