Can new transmission tech boost capacity and save billions? Two proposals aim to find out

Advocates are pushing a “shared savings” approach to incentivize deployment, but system operators have doubts.

Jan 27, 2020 — New grid-enhancing technologies (GETs) have been shown to cost-effectively increase the power existing transmission lines can carry and the services they can provide without compromising reliability, advocates, including former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Jon Wellinghoff, said at a Nov. 5-6 FERC workshop on the technologies. But the technologies’ supporters want to replace the incentives that have so far driven limited deployment.