Clean Energy Transmission: The Missing Link

I recently wrote an article for Sustainable Business Oregon that you might be interested in reading. In it, I discuss the need for additional transmission lines to link renewable energy sources from the point of generation (which is usually located far from American cities) to the homes and businesses that use the electricity. New transmission

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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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Why is Federal Transmission Legislation Needed?

Bill White is Senior Vice President at David Gardiner and Associates Meeting steep carbon reduction goals will require profound and rapid changes in the ways we generate, distribute, and consume electricity. Energy efficiency, distributed generation, demand response, smart grid upgrades, and utility-scale renewable resources will all be needed at unprecedented levels. Enormous amounts of high

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Coalition Urges Congress to Eliminate Transmission Barriers

Leading labor unions joined environmental groups, renewable energy developers, electric utilities and other stakeholders recently in asking Senate leaders to strengthen authorities in S.1462, the American Clean Energy Leadership Act, to enable the construction of new power lines to bring renewable energy resources to market. New electric transmission is critical to developing America’s vast domestic

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