Thursday, April 6 (Washington, D.C.) — A bipartisan group of House lawmakers submitted a letter urging support for funding to support transmission development and research. ACEG appreciates the members’ recognition of the vital need to expand, modernize, and integrate our high-capacity transmission system.
In their letter — sent to leadership of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee — the 16 members requested robust funding for:
- The Department of Energy’s Grid Deployment Office (GDO) which administers programs, such as loans and grants to states and utilities, that support the buildout of new transmission lines and development of an overall more resilient grid.
- The Transmission Planning and Permitting Program (TPP) within GDO, which will support analysis of transmission system needs, assists states and regions in deploying projects in the national interest, and provides technical assistance around the siting and permitting of transmission projects.
“Our energy transmission infrastructure is essential to providing Americans access to the electric power they need,” the lawmakers wrote. “To ensure American families and businesses always have access to power, it is imperative that we invest in and build new transmission to make our grid more reliable, resilient, and interconnected. Upgraded and expanded transmission lines will keep costs down by bringing diverse types of affordable power to more communities.”
You can view the bipartisan letter and full list of signatories here.