Tuesday, September 26 (Washington, D.C.) — Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) hosted a Congressional briefing about transmission and the related effects of pending policy initiatives last week, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Titled “Transmission 101,” the briefing featured a panel discussion moderated by Xan Fishman, Director of Energy Policy and Carbon Management at BPC, with panelists Christina Hayes, Executive Director at ACEG; Rob Gramlich, Founder and President at Grid Strategies; Patrick Reiten, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Berkshire Hathaway Energy; and Ewelina Czapla, former Director of Climate Policy at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. The briefing also included a Q&A portion with Congressional staff at the end.
Transmission 101 covered a wide range of transmission-related topics, such as the cost and reliability advantages of connecting more generation resources to the grid, the benefits of strengthening connections between regions, and the associated implications for electricity customers. Questions were insightful and demonstrated that Congressional staffers are considering various proposals to facilitate transmission to benefit all Americans.
ACEG Executive Director Christina Hayes released the following statement:
“As Americans’ electricity needs increase, the U.S. will require a vastly expanded and modernized grid. It’s important that there are efforts, in Congress and elsewhere, to increase transmission ties between regions and keep the lights on for customers across the country. The Transmission 101 briefing is an important step towards ensuring that transmission is a top priority within Congress.”