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You make some valid points about military procurement however I think you are bit too dismissive with this statement:

f energy is cheap enough, power companies will not care about the additional weight of standard copper and aluminum, except where the weight,size, and emissions are an issue (long spans, urban infrastructure where space is at a premium).

In my mind, urban areas are not just a niche market. Urban areas account for a a very high percentage of energy demand and last time I checked it was very difficult and expensive to site additional transmission capacity into a major market. Even excluding the US markets, Asian cities are incredibly dense and the trends of migration from rural areas to urban is only going to continue. Assuming AMSC can continue to drive down the cost of the wire and prove the performance/reliability I can't see why the infrastructure planners would ignore it.
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