It’s All Connected – Regional Transmission Planning in the Southeast

More than two weeks have passed since Hurricane Sandy brought the Eastern Seaboard to a standstill. Although life is slowly returning to normal, Sandy joins a long series of painful reminders of how dependent 21st century America is on reliable electricity: it powers nearly every facet of our lives. The potential silver lining in the wake of Sandy’s devastation is the influx of interest in our outdated and inadequate transmission grid, highlighting long ignored issues from the benefits of buried transmission lines to the importance of an integrated, redundant, resilient grid – built to withstand even Sandy’s fury.

Investing in the Grid: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough get… Creative

The U.S. grid system was born in the 1920s, and has seen few major upgrades since the 1960s. With America’s growing population and exploding demand—bigger houses, A/C units, TVs, iThings—we have serious congestion and inadequate capacity on our nation’s power lines. This has led to more frequent power outages, which cost the American economy well over $100 billion each year. Investing in grid modernization would clearly save American consumers tremendous amounts of energy and money. So why aren’t we doing more of it?

FERC Releases New Cost Allocation and Planning Rule

We strongly support FERC’s proposal to improve the way the electric power grid is developed, planned, and paid for. Americans need a robust, modern grid to lower electricity prices and open up access to abundant yet largely untapped domestic clean energy resources; FERC’s rule could be a big step toward achieving those goals.