Electricity Transmission

Storms and disasters are going to happen in every state sooner or later. A plan is the most important thing to help save lives and minimize damage, energy experts say.

Storms and disasters are going to happen in every state sooner or later. A plan is the most important thing to help save lives and minimize damage, energy experts say.

Natural and manmade disasters wreak incredible amounts of destruction on our nation’s energy and electric infrastructure. Recent events like Hurricane Sandy impacted over 20 states and caused over $20 billion in insured losses and left millions without power for several days.  State policymakers can learn from these tragic and terrible events and find ways to improve the resiliency and strength of their electric grid infrastructure with strategic all-hazards planning and implementing new technological benefits provided by SmartGrid technologies. On Wednesday, June 12, CSG’s webinar "Storm Recovery—Building Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids" featured two prominent grid modernization experts who shared their expertise and perspective on proactive steps states can take to improve the hardening and redundancy of energy infrastructure.

Natural and manmade disasters wreak incredible amounts of destruction on our nation’s energy and electric infrastructure. Recent events like Hurricane Sandy impacted over 20 states and caused over $20 billion in insured losses and left millions without power for several days.  State policymakers can learn from these tragic and terrible events and find ways to improve the resiliency and strength of their electric grid infrastructure with strategic all-hazards planning and implementing new technological benefits provided by SmartGrid technologies. On Wednesday, June 12, CSG’s webinar "Storm Recovery—Building Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids" featured two prominent grid modernization experts who shared their expertise and perspective on proactive steps states can take to improve the hardening and redundancy of energy infrastructure.

The Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts is working with several stakeholder groups on issues ranging from electric transmission lines, distance learning, and licensing of EMS and other medical services personnel. Find out more about compacts relating to these issues, all of which are in various stages of development.

A decision last week by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a cost allocation plan backed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for siting electric transmission lines, which would bring wind from the Midwest into the Great Lakes region, may have major implications for state renewable power mandates that have provisions giving preferential treatment to renewable energy sourced within its borders. In the decision, the federal appeals court ruled against utilities and officials form Illinois and it declared Michigan's state renewable portfolio standard was unconstitutional because it discriminated against out of state renewable energy sources when meeting the mandate.

Please join us for the next installment of CSG's Webinar Series entitled, "Storm Recovery—Building Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids." The event takes place at 2 PM/Eastern on June 12th and detailed registration information can be found here.

Mark your calendars for the next installment in CSG's webinar series entitled, "Storm Recovery—Building Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids." The program will start at 2 PM/Eastern on June 12th and you can register here for the event.

Officials from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Governor Dannel Malloy have expressed an interest in creating a new auction program for utilities to bid on the right of providing power to more than 800,000 residential customers who have not signed up with an independent electricity provider. According to a story in the CT Post, the auction could provide the state upwards of $80 million.

During our 2012 national conference last December in Austin, a policy resolution was passed promoting smart grid and grid modernization efforts at CSG. The resolution sets up a general framework of important components that should be considered by states when discussing grid modernization initiatives as well as encouraging additional educational outreach work to CSG's membership and interaction with other sister organizations on behalf of states. 

CSG Director of Energy and Environmental Policy Brydon Ross outlines the top five issues for 2013, including the future of coal, Clean Water Act legal actions, energy infrastructure hardening, managing the energy wave, and EPA air regulations. 

 

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