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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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Just as roads and bridges help enable commerce across the country, electric transmission infrastructure allows American businesses to thrive in an increasingly digital and energy-dependent society. Transmission is the modern infrastructure America needs to succeed in a complex world.

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Updated: DOE Proposes Cost Recovery for Baseload Generators in New FERC Rule

Released at the end of August, the Department of Energy's grid study concluded that the reliability of the bulk power system is strong today, but changes in the resource mix could present challenges in the future. The report urged federal regulators to begin examining how to better compensate generators for the services they provide for reliability and resilience if it finds reliability is threatened. [more]

New Study Debunks Transmission Myths That Deter Grid Modernization

Misconceptions and outdated thinking about high-voltage transmission are muddling decision-making, according to a new white paper that seeks to debunk the myths that are undermining needed upgrades and expansions of the power grid. Released Sept. 12 by WIRES, an association of publicly owned entities favoring investment in the electric transmission grid, the report by London Economics International identified 16 of the most prevalent preconceptions and misunderstandings impeding transmission projects. [more]


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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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