Tracking Transmission Reform


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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. 


Transmission tower with orange background, State Impact Center logo on the bottom right

Important Dates:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

AG Work


October 13, 2021 — Eleven AGs Call on FERC to Increase Grid Resilience and Make Transmission Planning More Inclusive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources


 

Transmission Reform in the Media

 

Webinars

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.