Realistic and Achievable
As important as transmission is to a reliable power system the truth is that people don’t want to see transmission towers and lines, and clearing land for right of way to build and operate transmission has a significant environmental impact. We have also seen in recent years that power transmission and distribution lines have sparked disastrous wildfires. For these reasons new transmission has become almost impossible to build.
Our transmission solutions work better and can be built. We use modern HVDC (high-voltage direct current) transmission technology that allows for efficient power transmission over long distances underwater and underground. Our cables are buried underground and placed on the seabed out of sight. The environmental impact is small and offshore/underground circuits give grid operators more flexibility to isolate and shut down certain above-ground transmission circuits at times of high wildfire risk, providing an important tool to minimize wildfire destruction. Using a sea-based and underground route is key to bringing clean power right into the cities where more power, reliability and resiliency are needed.