WGA Releases 10 Year Energy Vision: Supports Interstate Compacts
In a recently released report by the Western Governors Association entitled Ten Year Energy Vision: Goals and Objectives, interstate compacts were mentioned as a way to promote a more robust energy infrastructure. WGA went on to mention compacts as a viable way to promote interstate cooperation and more effectively lead to the siting of interstate projects.
CSG, through its National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC) has worked to develop an Electric Transmission Line Siting Compact designed to more easily move power from where it is generated to where it is needed. The compact, which is now ready for legislative consideration, is intended to improve efficiencies during the siting process. Compact highlights include the following:
1.The draft provides a framework for a national transmission line siting compact designed to improve efficiencies during the siting process by standardizing timelines across member states.
2.Such an agreement, and its requirements, would be triggered on a regional basis and pertain only to those states that are both members of the compact and affected by the proposed line.
3.The compact specifically addresses the following four areas:
o application filing process;
o application review process;
o proposed line review and timeline;
o the approval process.
It is hoped that by addressing each of the four areas listed above the compact will reduce redundancies and create economies of scale within the siting process that will benefit both consumers and producers. In addition to the four core content areas identified above, the language also addresses issues such as governance, finance, dispute resolution and rule making procedures.
Staff from NCIC and WGA have met on numerous occasions to discuss the compact. To learn more about the compact and review the draft language please click here. To download the full WGA report please click here.