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Transmission Planning and Analysis

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NREL researchers are engaged in transmission planning and analysis to strengthen the electric power system through the integration of solar and wind power.

As demand for electricity increases, electric power system operators must plan for and construct new generation and transmission lines. However, variable generation such as solar and wind power plants are often located far from the loads they serve. They depend on transmission lines to transport the electricity they produce to load centers.

NREL is working with industry and utilities to address issues related to transmission planning and analysis.