Electricity Transmission

As the U.S. economy continues to become digitized the need to move to a more reliable, secure and compatible electricity system becomes ever more pressing.

Energy infrastructure is vital to the nation’s economy and the citizens’ way of life. It supplies the nation with the energy required to conduct its daily operations, from supplying needs for industrial manufacturing to heating homes, running computers and fueling cars. The country requires an efficient energy generation and delivery system to keep the economy functioning smoothly, yet the infrastructure is aging, stressed and underfunded. At the same time, demand for energy continues to grow. States play a vital role in regulating and stimulating the creation of infrastructure, as well as siting new energy infrastructure. State officials are therefore in a position to institute policies that mitigate the infrastructure deficit and ensure energy reliability.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act is based on California law. Under California law, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) is charged with monitoring trends in the supply and consumption of electricity and other forms of energy in the state and analyzing the social, economic, and environmental consequences of those trends.

The electricity transmission system in the U.S. is outdated and inadequate. Improving the transmission system to ensure reliability will require demand response initiatives, smart grid technology, & interstate cooperation.

 

Stress on the electricity transmission grid is growing.  This stress can be eased by greater interstate cooperation and increased efficiency and conservation measures.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act permits an electric utility, an affiliate of an electric utility, or a person unaffiliated with an electric utility to own, construct, maintain, and operate a broadband system and provide broadband services on an electric utility’s electric delivery system.

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In December 1999, the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 2000, requiring all public utilities that own, operate or control interstate transmission facilities to file a proposal or a progress report on how they would create or join a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO), or to describe any barriers to joining or forming such a group. In short, an RTO acts as an umbrella organization that brings all public utility transmission systems within a region under common control, and FERC had hoped to complete the RTO formation process by December 12, 2001.

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