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Reducing the Visual Impacts of Transmission Lines

Lloyd Cibulka, M.S., California Institute for Energy & Environment, UC Berkeley
Nov 01, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Transmission lines are a critical link in the electric system, carrying power from generating plants to customers, but by and large, people consider them unattractive and a necessary evil at best, and dangerous and ugly at worst. The public would prefer that existing lines, and especially new lines, be put underground or at least somewhere else: “not in their backyard.” Solutions exist to reduce the visual impacts of power lines, but there are tradeoffs and costs involved. In this talk, we'll examine some of those options and tradeoffs, and hopefully come away with a better understanding of the difficulties of modifying the aesthetics of electric power lines.

L.CibulkaLloyd Cibulka is a Research Coordinator for the Electric Grid Research (EGR) group at UC–Berkeley’s California Institute for Energy & Environment (CIEE). His main responsibilities include developing and managing research activities in the areas of electric transmission and distribution systems, Smart Grid technologies, and integration of renewable energy into the grid. Major clients include the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program and the US Dept. of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability. Previously Lloyd worked for a distributed energy consultant, and in Transmission Planning for PG&E. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech, a lifelong member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and a registered professional engineer in California.

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