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The birth and troubled childhood of an American supergrid
It may seem ironic that the pioneer of projects that could lead to the sharpest increase in emissions-free electricity in the US started in Wyoming, the state that leads US production of coal, ranks in the top 10 for natural gas production, and pumps 2 percent of the nation's oil. It started when after a 320,000-acre cattle ranch was put up for sale, it was noted it was swept by some of the steadiest, most powerful land-based wind resources in the world. A better economic proposition would be to capture and transmit the ranch's wind energy to California, one of the world's richest markets for emissions-free electricity. Was it possible to keep the ranch, continue to raise cattle, and harvest its formidable wind energy at the same time? There just might be a way. 
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Modernizing substation maintenance
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For both utilities and industrial facilities, when there’s an issue at a substation, the resulting problems can be widespread and major. In the quest for greater reliability and more efficient operations, traditional approaches to maintenance are falling by the wayside as substation owners adopt more predictive maintenance approaches.
X-ray technology used for switchgear inspection
National Grid’s Greystones substation benefits from radiography service, saving time and money on HV switchgear inspections.
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Reactive power 
Under the microscope
FERC recently determined that wind farms will no longer be exempt from the uniform reactive power requirements. Reactive power control can be helpful in meeting interconnection requirements, such as by regulating voltage, improving power transfer capability and helping maintain the power factor within permissible limits. Steady-state reactive power needs can be met by static devices such as capacitor banks, whereas dynamic reactive power needs are met by devices such as STATCOMs, SVCs and synchronous condensers.
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