The Energy Future Coalition’s National Clean Energy Transmission Initiative (NCETI), along with the Renewable Northwest Project, Climate Solutions, and the Northwest Energy Coalition, hosted a conference last Wednesday in Portland, Oregon focused on the issues of, and potential solutions to, the development of clean energy transmission within the United States. The conference highlighted the importance
The Energy Future Coalition, in cooperation with the National Clean Energy Transmission Initiative, is planning two clean energy transmission community forums this summer – one in Des Moines, Iowa and the other in Portland, Oregon. Both events will be expert forums on the critical role of transmission in enabling the development of renewable energy resources
Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin) recently released a discussion draft of a bill to amend the Federal Power Act to require regional transmission plans. A brief summary of the highlights follows. FERC, in consultation with electric reliability organizations, transmission operators, transmission owners and states, must designate one or more regions in both the
A recent study, detailed in this article by Jack Smith of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, shows how new transmission lines from wind farms in West Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area would “enable a huge expansion of the state’s wind-power industry, lower electric bills, generate jobs, reduce emissions and conserve water.” The study was conducted by
The Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved $1.4 billion in transmission upgrades requested by Central Maine Power, including a new 345 kV line to the New Hampshire border. The plan was a compromise settlement that also included non-transmission alternatives like demand response and energy efficiency in certain areas. You can read the official statement of
Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) announced a draft climate and energy bill today titled “The American Power Act.” The draft, which initially targets utilities only, puts limits on global warming pollution that aim to cut national greenhouse gas pollution levels 17 percent by 2020, and 83 percent by 2050. You can read
For those folks new to the issues surrounding clean energy transmission, this ten-part series from National Public Radio that ran last summer on the future of the U.S. electric power system provides a quick and well-done primer on some of the key topics. Check out the series here. The special series, titled “Power Hungry: Reinventing
Governor Schwarzenegger spoke to mark the completion of the first phase of the 250-mile Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project yesterday. He hailed the project, which will deliver up to 4,500 megawatts of renewable electricity to the Los Angeles metro area when completed in 2015, as the first transmission line in California built for the express purpose of unlocking renewable wind, solar, and geothermal resources.