Transmission study points to potential from overcoming grid seams

NREL’s new “Interconnections Seam Study” shows that if utilities, developers and policymakers figured out a way to break down those seams, the investments would more than pay for themselves through efficiencies.

“If you have more transmission, you can use fewer generation resources, and you can use those more efficiently,” said Aaron Bloom, a manager in grid systems analysis for NREL who presented his team’s ambitious vision at a conference last week in Ames, Iowa.