[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Governors push transmission development at meeting with US FERC  

Credit:  Tom Tiernan | Edited by Keiron Greenhalgh | Platts | 28 Feb 2014 | www.platts.com ~~

Several governors have created a plan to boost power transmission development and improve state and regional cooperation following a meeting with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition said Friday.

The coalition is made up of 23 states working to improve wind energy’s access to power markets, with transmission development a key element of their work. The governors met with FERC officials recently to discuss ways both FERC and states can boost deployment of wind power in the US.

“The value of wind energy resources to our states’ economies cannot be unlocked unless they have access to a market,” said South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, chairman of the coalition. “Long-distance transmission is the critical link between these resources and the customers who want clean and less expensive energy.”

The governors intend to remove state legislative barriers to transmission siting, such as those that do not allow state regulators to consider various benefits beyond state boundaries as part of transmission siting cases, the group said. They also plan to support state and regional cooperation on transmission development, pointing to plans in the Southwest Power Pool and Midcontinent Independent System Operator as successful initiatives that gained FERC support.

Besides working with FERC at the federal level, the coalition plans to examine how the Environmental Protection Agency’s expected rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants could benefit wind power development.

Although FERC commissioners and governors have different perspectives, “we all agree the revitalization of the nation’s electrical transmission system must be a national priority and accomplished on a regional and cooperative multi-state basis,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee, vice chairman of the coalition.

The transmission grid “is as important today to our states’ economic development as the nation’s interstate highway system was 50 years ago,” Inslee said in a statement.

Source:  Tom Tiernan | Edited by Keiron Greenhalgh | Platts | 28 Feb 2014 | www.platts.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.