The Real Problem with Merchant Transmission

Seth Blumsack, Lester B. Lave, Marija Ilić

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Current regulatory policy distinguishes transmission investments that have primarily economic benefits from those that primarily enhance reliability. But no such dichotomy exists; congestion and reliability are inter-related in complex ways. Thus, solving the transmission investment problem is more complex than "fixing" merchant transmission; investment in the grid must be treated as a systems problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalElectricity Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Law


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