Before the start of January’s New England Clean Energy Transmission Summit, ACEG’s Bill White spoke with the Associated Press about the potential of clean energy and how FERC Order 1000 will enhance New England’s ability to incorporate renewable energy into its power supply.
All six states in the New England region have some sort of renewable energy portfolio standard. However, to help meet these standards, up to date transmission lines are needed to connect the region to its own remote sources of renewable power, like Northern Maine, as well as abundant, renewable sources from across the country. Modernizing a region’s transmission infrastructure can be a delicate process due to cost allocation and siting issues.
In his interview with the Associated Press, Bill White explained:
“While transmission costs are initially high, the infrastructure lasts decades, brings down costs, and is a good investment it in the long run. He said transmission costs average just 10 percent or less of the total on utility bills nationwide — electricity generation costs makes up the bulk of the bill.
New collaborative planning processes also mandated under the federal order will allow people to help determine which lines are needed, where they’re needed, and how they help states reach their own goals for things such as more renewable energy, White said. He thinks once that’s understood, the projects will find strong support.”
While more renewable power generation could do more than satisfy state mandates, it also has potential to decrease New England’s electricity prices, which are high because of the region’s dependency on fossil fuels.
To read the Associated Press story, click here.
The New England Clean Energy Transmission Summit Wrap Up
The New England Clean Energy Transmission Summit was a great success. More than 200 participants, both in-person and online, joined our expert panelists and featured guests, Congressman Ed Markey and FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur for a robust discussion on the future of New England’s clean energy system.
If you missed one of the panels, check out Summit videos and presentations here.
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid is already planning for other great events across the U.S. in the coming months, so be sure to check back for additional information or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Attendees of the New England Clean Energy Transmission Summit will gather in Boston today to discuss the economic, energy and environmental challenges – and opportunities – facing New England.
Keynote speeches by Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur and environmental organizer Bill McKibben set the tone for the day, while other speakers will add to the discussion of key issues from recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rulings to economic development and clean energy solutions that can create new jobs in New England and bring down high electricity costs.
The event is webcast at: http://cleanenergytransmission.org/netswebcast and participants can follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #NESummit.
Seth Kaplan, Vice President of Policy and Climate Advocacy for the Conservation Law Foundation, originally posted this on clf.org
Next week I’ll be participating in a clean energy summit in Boston that will feature Congressman Ed Markey and FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur. Attendance at this event is free. Please RSVP today.
This event brings together key Federal officials from the Administration and Congress, their state counterparts, clean energy industry leaders and the environmental community and energy consumers to forge clean energy solutions that benefit our economy and our environment drawing on the full range of options from renewable energy to transmission infrastructure to demand side solutions like energy efficiency.
Please join me and others for this engaging, important conversation.
The event will feature Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA), FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur and environmental organizer Bill McKibben.
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, in cooperation with the Conservation Law Foundation and the New England Clean Energy Council, will convene an event in Boston with electricity and energy experts to discuss why New England will benefit from developing transmission for renewable energy. The New England Clean Energy Transmission Summit will be held on January 23rd at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
An event agenda can be found here. Event panels discussions and keynote addresses will also be webcast. More details to come.
The event is free of charge, but space is limited and so early RSVP is recommended.
The day-long forum will consist of panel discussions and keynote speeches that feature national and regional experts on renewable energy and electricity transmission who will address key issues including:
- How transmission is a key enabler to clean energy economic development and achieving other environmental goals;
- How recent FERC actions affect New England grid modernization;
- How different parts of the U.S. are modernizing their regional electric grids;
- How changes in transmission planning are needed to deliver cheaper, cleaner electricity to businesses and consumers.
- Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA)
- FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur
- Environmental organizer Bill McKibben
- Representatives from New England-based companies, electric utilities, and environmental groups
Date: January 23, 2012
Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
Location: The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Connolly Center, Fourth Floor, Boston, Massachusetts
Thank you to our sponsors:
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 MPUC here.
Though the upgrades are contained within the state of Maine, the impact will be felt throughout New England. Back in March, the Independent System Operator for New England (ISO-NE) approved regional cost allocation for the upgrades based on state energy use. Under this approach, Maine pays 8% of the cost.
You can read more about New England states’ attempts to regionalize transmission and renewable energy development here.