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May 22, 2015
Pablo Ruiz Featured in Popular Science Article for Development of Grid Congestion Management Software

Brattle senior associate Pablo Ruiz, also research associate professor at Boston University, was recently featured in Popular Science for leading a team of researchers in an effort to address congestion on the nation’s transmission grid, which increases costs and potentially reduces reliability.

Dr. Ruiz’s software design provides the ability to detect grid congestion and redirect power to lesser-used transmission lines by opening or closing software- selected circuit breakers. This increases the value of the transmission system by adapting its configuration to route power flows around congested portions of the grid while meeting all power system and reliability needs. The process is estimated to save U.S. consumers more than $1 billion a year in electricity costs. Employing the technology will also benefit larger-scale renewables integration, as many renewables projects are developed in areas that routinely experience transmission congestion.

The article can be read in its entirety here.