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“The lessons learned by demonstrating real-life examples of transmission efficiency will help the industry to meet the Department of Energy’s goal of improving grid efficiency by 40 percent by 2030,” said FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff. “This would deliver the twin benefits of increasing supply while reducing emissions.”
EPRI estimates a 40 percent improvement in grid efficiency would result in a savings of 54 terawatt hours, enough electricity to power 4.8 million homes in the United States.
"We cannot build transmission lines and substations the same way we did years ago,” said Mike Heyeck, senior vice president of American Electric Power and Chairman of EPRI’s Transmission Executive Committee. “We must fully incorporate life-cycle efficiencies into planning, engineering, and procurement for the grid of our energy future."
The initiative follows five meetings by key stakeholders in the United States and one in Poland in 2009 that identified the best practices and the technology improvements necessary to bolster bulk power efficiency. The international part of the collaborative will be launched June 2 in Madrid, Spain.
More information on the project demonstrations can be found here.
Keith R. Wilson, 73, died on March 24 of an abdominal aortic aneurism. Wilson was the founder and president of Audio Supply, Mundelein, IL. The company is now owned and operated by his daughter, Cathleen.
Wilson, a successful businessman, was a mechanical engineer and very well-known in the field of sound systems. He began his career at Bell & Howell and then at Shure Brothers Inc. before founding his own companies, Foster Sound and then Audio Supply. He designed the WMS-1B wireless system used in underground boring and drilling to prevent expensive gas, water and sewer line hits.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.R. Wilson and Carol C. Evans; a brother, David; and also his son, Scott. He is survived by Mary Lou, his wife of 54 years; daughters, Cathleen and Patricia; son, Glenn; and several granddaughters and great-granddaughters.
Memorial contributions can be to the Lincoln Park Zoo, Keith R. Wilson Memorial, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614 or online at www.lpzoo.com.