Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is a non-profit broad-based public interest advocacy coalition focused on the need to expand, integrate, and modernize the North American high-voltage grid.
Expanded high-voltage transmission will make America’s electric grid more affordable, reliable, and sustainable and allow America to tap all economic energy resources, overcome system management challenges, and create thousands of well-compensated jobs. But an insular, outdated and often short-sighted regional transmission planning and permitting system stands in the way of achieving those goals.
ACEG brings together diverse support for an expanded and modernized grid from business, labor, consumer and environmental groups, and other transmission supporters to educate policymakers and key opinion leaders to support policy which recognizes the benefits of a robust transmission grid. ACEG is a 501(c)(3) organization.
ACEG’s mission is to educate all Americans to the critical importance of expanding, modernizing, and integrating the high-capacity transmission grid in order to achieve greater security, reliability, affordability and sustainability of electric power service in the United States.
ACEG’s diverse stakeholders uniformly recognize the necessity to continue momentum toward a sustainable, decarbonized economy, but also understand that the challenges facing the grid can only be met if there is broad public and policymaker recognition that its many benefits dramatically exceed its costs, and an opportunity to earn a return on the significant investments that will be required.
By 2035, ACEG envisions a grid bringing to reality the potential revealed in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Interconnections Seam Study. Such a macrogrid would save consumers more than $47 billion and return more than $2.50 for every dollar invested, according to the study. It would create a cleaner, more efficient, and more resilient high-voltage system for all Americans.
American Macrogrid Development
Achieving this vision will require creating a new policy and regulatory environment at the federal, regional and state levels which recognizes the substantial nationwide benefits of this macrogrid, plans for its development, ensures its permitting, and allocates its costs to all who benefit from it.
ACEG is lead by an Executive Director and a Board of Directors. The Board is made up of experts representing the highly diverse nature of the ACEG coalition, who work on a wide range of energy policy issues but all agree that a modernized, expanded, high-voltage grid is the key pathway to a clean energy future.
ACEG is led by its executive director, Christina Hayes, and its staff. ACEG also receives support from two consulting firms, Grid Strategies LCC and David Gardiner and Associates. The team provides deep expertise and contacts in transmission and clean energy issues, policymaking, and communications.
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.