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Electric Power Transmission: Long on Planning, Short on Time

April 1, 2021

The mid-February blackouts in Texas have raised a lot of questions about power grid reliability. While investigations into the underlying causes of the outages could take a while to complete, and I don’t want to weigh in on the main aspects of the problem until more information is available, the situation has raised one concern I’ve had for some time and have even written about in this column in the past: the need to modernize the U.S. electric power transmission system.

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