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Smart Control of Transmission: TVA and NEETRAC demonstrate grid technology innovation, showing that “dumb” conductor can be smart.
DeJim Lowe, Josh Shultz, Ian Grant, Frank Lambert

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a strong advocate of finding new and innovative ways to modernize the grid. Through the Smart Wire Focused Initiative (SWFI), sponsored by the National Electric Energy Testing, Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC), TVA has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Electric (ARPA-E) and Smart Wire Grid Inc. (SWG) to deploy an array of distributed series reactance (DSR) units. The system is designed to provide congestion relief by redistributing power flow, thereby improving transmission system operations. The goal of this test bed is to prove this new technology can address flow-control issues in a cost-effective manner and be deployed with little, if any, outage time.

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