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Grading the Grid: How Well Do Regions Plan & Develop Transmission?
June 28, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Multiple studies have found the U.S. needs to more than double its transmission capacity to sustain its growing energy demands and safeguard the grid against more frequent severe weather. To better understand if we are on track to meet this need, a new report from Americans for a Clean Energy Grid evaluates and ranks transmission planning and development across 10 regions. The report finds that in many parts of the country, grid operators, utilities, and states have a ways to go to appropriately plan new transmission in a holistic and proactive way, though some have begun to make progress.
As the study highlights, smart transmission planning provides major benefits to consumers. In MISO — which earned one of the highest scores — a review found that its “Multi-Value Project” portfolio of transmission lines would have benefits more than twice as large as their costs. In New England, a recent report from the Brattle Group found that proactively planning offshore transmission would dramatically limit the overall cost of connecting offshore wind resources.
On Wednesday, June 28, ACEG hosted a webinar featuring an overview of the report and a panel discussion. Featured speakers included:
- Manish Chaturvedi — HASI
- Thomas Coleman — SAFE
- Devin McMackin — ITC Holdings Corp.
- Karen Onaran — ELCON
- Zach Zimmerman — Grid Strategies (Report Author)
- Moderated by Rob Gramlich — Grid Strategies (Report Author)