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Reliability Technology Issues and Needs Assessment

The National Transmission Grid Study

During the past 10 years, competition has been introduced into wholesale electricity markets with the goal of reducing costs to consumers. Today, wholesale electricity sales save consumers nearly $13 billion annually. However, the nation's outdated transmission system was not designed to support today's competitive, regional electricity markets. Investment in the transmission system has not kept pace with the growth in generation and the increasing demand for electricity. Transmission bottlenecks threaten reliability and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

In May 2001, the National Energy Policy directed DOE to study the benefits of establishing a national electricity grid and to identify transmission bottlenecks and measures to remove them. DOE enlisted CERTS to provide technical support to the National Transmission Grid Study.

For this work, CERTS:

Contact:

Joseph Eto
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(510) 486-7284

http://certs.lbl.gov