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11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]

11.16 Scotland was first Industrialized Country to Run wholly on Wind in October

11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]

11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]

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11.15 Trump administration to cut air pollution from heavy-duty trucks

11.14 Backed by Ocasio-Cortez, Youth Climate Activists Arrested in Pelosi's Office Demanding Democrats Embrace 'Green New Deal'

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11.13 Interior department whistleblower: Ryan Zinke hollowed out the agency

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11.12 Planned Parenthood's new president warns of 'state of emergency' for women's health

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11.19 Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Giving $1.8 Billion for College Financial Aid

11.19 Trump’s Diminishing Power and Rising Rage

11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder

11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]

11.19 SNL explains Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s HQ2 strategy: trolling President Trump [2:55 SNL video]

11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]

11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]

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11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]

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11.17 Saudi crown prince's 'fit' delays UN resolution on war in Yemen

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  PATH is the Sensible, High-Tech Solution Critical to Our Region
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OPINION:

PATH is the Sensible, High-Tech Solution Critical to Our Region

by H. Russell Frisby, Jr.
Thursday, 21 May 2009

We’ve come a long way in electricity generation with nuclear, hydroelectric, wind and other renewables, but we must have a reliable transmission system to get this power to where it’s needed, regardless of how or where it is generated.

Let’s assume it’s a hot sunny day in July. The demand on our region’s electric transmission grid is at its peak—it’s operating at full capacity. Something happens to cause a piece of the grid to fail somewhere in our region. The system is designed so if a section fails, the one nearest to it picks up the increased load. This section is at full capacity and can’t handle the increased load. It also fails. A domino effect results in a major blackout that impacts thousands of homes and businesses.

Today, our region could be faced with a similar scenario. Our section of the grid cannot handle additional strain. We have been forced to search out the most viable solution that will reinforce our entire region’s reliability to ensure our regional power supply can handle future demands.

I know many residents have questions and concerns about the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH—a project of Allegheny Energy and American Electric Power to construct a new, 765-kV transmission line that will begin near Charleston, West Virginia and end in western Maryland. But, the purpose of PATH is to reinforce our entire region’s grid system because our section of the grid can’t handle the additional demands. It’s something that cannot be delayed any longer.

Benefit of a 765-kV line

The 765-kV technology of PATH offers the greatest load-carrying capacity in operation in the country today. It will minimize land use impacts and greatly reduce line losses that can occur over long distances. At this voltage, several times the power of lower voltage lines can be transmitted over long distances with only 200 feet of right of way. Transmission at 765-kV also offers greater reliability due to its line design. With only one line outage per 100-mile year, 765-kV reliability surpasses all other voltage classes.

Underground lines are not an option

The use of HVDC technology (underground lines) is not an option for PATH. First, there are only a few short lengths of HVDC cable underground—all significant lengths are underwater cables where future interconnections aren’t a factor.

Secondly, large, complex and expensive multi-story AC/DC conversion stations would be required at the line ends and any point along the line where it would connect to other utility substations. This would significantly increase the size of the project’s substations. Thirdly, the AC/DC conversion process consumes significant amounts of energy. There are no transmission lines of this length, voltage or capacity that have ever been placed underground, nor has the technology been commercially developed at this voltage level. But most importantly, even if only a portion of the line was underground, the cost would be 10 to 20 times more than the current system and those costs could be allocated to the locale requiring the use. I’m sure Maryland residents wouldn’t be amenable to these kinds of costs.

Past, present and future

We’ve come a long way in electricity generation with nuclear, hydroelectric, wind and other renewables, but we must have a reliable transmission system to get this power to where it’s needed, regardless of how or where it is generated.

The filing applications for regulatory approvals in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia took place earlier this month. The approval process is expected to take about a year.

PATH is the sensible solution to preventing future reliability concerns, while ensuring our regional power supply can handle the demands of a growing society.

I am confident in my belief not only as a former chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission and a 30-year industry veteran, but also as a resident of Maryland and businessman in the District of Columbia.

I support PATH and hope you will, too. I would encourage you to learn more about PATH at the project Web site at www.pathtransmission.com.


H. Russell Frisby, Jr., a partner of the law firm of Fleischman and Harding LLP, is a former chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission.



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This story was published on May 21, 2009.
 

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