Numerous factors are driving an increase in power-transmission projects, such as concerns about reliability, aging infrastructure, plant closures and new renewable-portfolio standards in several states, according to Kent Knutson, director of Hub Services for PennWell. Because of this, there are about $163 billion worth of transmission projects in the U.S. and Canada, according to TransmissionHub data. While many of those are in the planning or permitting stage, $13.5 billion worth will be spent this year alone. The article includes information on key transmission projects underway in the U.S.

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