Cyber Security: How the GRID Act Keeps Us Safe

Jeff Stein works with David Gardiner & Associates in Washington, DC. Recent threats to our electric grid, along with numerous studies, have highlighted the possibility of attacks on our electric grid infrastructure and the need for stronger grid defense. Just as the balkanization of transmission policies, specifically siting and cost allocation, inhibit our potential to

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Update from Capitol Hill: Draft Transmission Bill from Rep. Sensenbrenner

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

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California Governor Marks the Completion of the First Phase of the Tehachapi Project

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.

SPP Approves New Transmission – Novel Cost Allocation Model One Step Closer to Reality

On Thursday, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization that maintains and operates the electric grid across nine states, approved five “priority projects” that could form a model for future efforts to plan and share the cost of new transmission infrastructure. The projects, costing a total of $1.14 billion but delivering $3.7 billion

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