Tracking Transmission Reform
Introducing the State Impact Center's new resource Tracking Transmission Reform. Hear from state attorneys general about why transmission reform is a critical aspect of climate response and what's at stake.
AGs Explain What's at Stake
"We know the path forward...building new, equitable, resilient, and efficient electric transmission on a big scale, and fast."
— Massachusetts AG Maura Healey
"Attorneys general...are working now to make sure any new energy infrastructure is efficient, resilient, and affordable."
—Connecticut AG William Tong
"I can imagine few things that would be more transformational and beneficial for the consumers of my state than reforming the way we transmit energy."
— Michigan AG Dana Nessel
"As transmission reform proceeds, FERC must hear the voices of those whose day-to-day lives are burdened by the injustices resulting from our current energy policies."
— Maryland AG Brian Frosh
Transmission in Focus
In July 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking called Building for the Future Through Electric Regional Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation and Generator Interconnection. FERC’s efforts in this area are likely to be key to facilitating the cost-effective and efficient buildout of the transmission system needed to enable a cleaner, affordable energy future.
Customer demand, state and federal policies, and cost competitiveness have driven the country’s power generation mix towards cleaner technologies. We are shifting from large resources sited near population centers to renewables, which are often located far from population centers, based on sun or wind patterns. Current transmission policies have led to backlogs in adding new renewable generation to the grid. Serious reform is needed to access these resources in a cost-effective and efficient way. As FERC Chair Richard Glick and Commissioner Allison Clements said in a statement: “With the clean energy transition gaining steam, we can either continue with the status quo, trying to meet the transmission needs of the future by building out the grid in a myopic, piecemeal fashion, or we can start holistically and proactively planning for those future transmission needs.”
In its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, FERC asked for comment on potential reforms in broad areas, including how costs of new transmission and upgrades should be allocated, whether the planning process should take into account likely future generation, and what kind of oversight there should be. FERC’s news release and staff presentation that accompanied issuance of the advanced notice provide additional information. This is the beginning of a longer process that will have further opportunities for stakeholder and public engagement.
This resource will be regularly updated with new deadlines and opportunities to engage in pushing towards more equitable transmission policy. For now, browse the videos, links, and comments to learn about the broad reform needs in this space.
|November 30, 2021||Post-Technical Conference Comment Deadline|
|November 30, 2021||ANOPR Reply Comment Deadline|
|November 15, 2021||Technical Conference|
|October 12, 2021||ANOPR Comment Deadline|
|July 27, 2021||ANOPR Published|
Transmission Reform in the Media
Building a Better Grid Initiative to Upgrade and Expand the Nation’s Electric Transmission Grid to Support Resilience, Reliability, and Decarbonization — Department of Energy, Notice of intent
Details emerge about DOE, FERC grid plans for clean energy | E&E News • Peter Behr, Miranda Willson • 1/13/22
Biden Aims to Cut Approval Times for New Power Lines | Wall Street Journal • Katherine Blunt and Jennifer Hiller • 12/30/21
MISO proposal to let utilities profit from upgrades for HVDC lines sparks debate at FERC | Utility Dive • Ethan Howland • 12/22/21
Grid operator MISO's transmission plan would split its region in two | Canary Media • Andy Kowalczyk • 12/7/21
East Coast Offshore Wind Threatened by Transmission Bottlenecks | Bloomberg Law • Daniel Moore • 12/7/21
'Elephant in the room': FERC grid plan fuels landowner fight | E&E News • Miranda Willson • 12/1/21
8 states, DC urge FERC to reject EEI, Eversource call to drop competition for transmission projects | Utility Dive • Ethan Howland • 11/29/21
FERC balks at PJM utilities' proposal to profit on network upgrades | Utility Dive • Ethan Howland • 11/22/21
Building the Grid of the Future: A Discussion of Transmission Reform
The State Impact Center hosted webinar that gave an overview of FERC’s "Building for the Future" advanced notice of proposed rulemaking and discussed how the proceeding relates to state clean energy goals, customer costs, environmental justice, and more.
Energizing Your FERC Practice
New to FERC? The State Impact Center hosted a webinar that gave an overview of the nuts and bolts of engaging in FERC proceedings, highlighted FERC’s major substantive areas of responsibility, and discussed different ways to advocate in front of the Commission.