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Restructuring the thin-stretched grid

Grid management is being handed over to newly formed independent system operators, but can they be effective when material and human resources are so stressed?

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As almost everyone by now has gathered, the U.S. electricity industry is being reorganized to allow for power to be traded freely. The general idea is for electricity to be sold by independent suppliers into grids managed by authorities independent (more or less) of commercial interests.

So far, about half the states in the country have adopted rules for separating, or unbundling, generation, transmission, and distribution. Usually, generation is made subject to competition, distribution is left a state-regulated monopoly, and transmission is placed under the management of newly established independent system operators and soon-to-come regional transmission organizations, regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, D.C.

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Greg Mably


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