Power grid needs trillions in updates to maintain reliability, utilities say

Forget the high-voltage stars like Brad and Angelina. Transmission and reliability are America’s true power couple.

And both significant others bound together in the national electrical grid are in danger of a split, if governmental and industrial warnings are any indication.

Transmission and reliability need to stay with each other, but it’s going to take lots of money.

“New demand and new resources are creating quite a strain on our grid,” said Lanny Nickell, vice president of engineering for the nine-state regional transmission organization Southwest Power Pool. “We do believe the grid is somewhat outdated and needs some enhancement.”

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