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Transmission and the Future of Electric Power: A Conversation with the Authors of the New National Academies Report
June 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
Earlier this year, The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report, “The Future of Electric Power in the U.S.,” which undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the country’s changing electric system and outlined recommendations for providing reliable and resilient energy as the U.S. pursues its decarbonization goals. On June 8, 2021 at 2:00pm EST, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) hosted the next installment of Transmission Time where we were joined by co-authors Karen Palmer and Susan Tierney as they reviewed their study, their perspectives on the future of electric power, and the role that transmission will play in a decarbonized energy landscape. According to the study, “transmission planning and expansion have not kept up with the operational and regional delivery needs anticipated in a low-carbon, resilient electric system.” The authors recommend that “Congress and the states should support the evolution of planning for and siting of regional transmission facilities in the U.S., with changes in federal law to: • Establish a National Transmission Policy; • Direct FERC to expand on the policy bases for regional transmission planning; • Give FERC the responsibility to designate new National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors and to approve interstate transmission lines in them; and, • Direct DOE to provide funds to states, communities, tribes to enable meaningful participation in regional transmission planning and siting activities.”