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Founded in 2006, WIRES is an international non-profit trade association working to fulfill the promise of a Twenty-first Century North American electric economy. Comprised of investor‐,  publicly‐, and cooperatively‐owned electric transmission providers, transmission customers including renewable energy developers, service and technology companies, construction firms, and regional grid organizations, WIRES envisions a robust and effective Twenty-first Century, High-voltage Electric Transmission System in North America that will make critical contributions to economic growth, technological advancement, and consumer benefits.
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Transmission is critical infrastructure

“The explosion of controllable grid elements and market players by 2050 will challenge today’s grid operating systems, calling for millisecond-level operational controls beyond human interaction ability. The glue will be a reliable, robust, interconnected, transparent, resilient, and secure transmission grid, seamlessly connected to transformed distribution networks that smartly interact with customers and their systems.”

Michael Heyeck, Former Member of DOE Electricity Advisory Committee (2014)

“More ‘proactive’ or ‘anticipatory’ planning of the nation’s regional and interregional transmission grid would reduce U.S. customers’ overall electricity costs significantly.”

The Brattle Group (2016)

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450,000
Number of miles of high-voltage transmission lines

$876B
The estimated value of the US electric grid
3,306
Number of utilities in the U.S. but 2/3 of us are served by 189 investor-owned utilities

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