Transmission Policy Institute

6/8/2015

May 28-29, 2015 | Denver

power linesThe demands of an increasingly complex energy system are stressing the nation’s energy grid, which will require a tremendous amount of investment in the coming years to ensure the power transmission and distribution system can handle current and future needs.

The Transmission Policy Institute brought together policymakers and utility commissioners from across the U.S. to discuss the nation’s electric grid and the latest advancements in transmission technology to ensure reliable and affordable electricity delivery. Attendees participated in an interactive simulation to explore how policy and technology decisions impact grid adequacy, reliability and cost.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Welcome and Introductions

Transmission 101

This session will provide an introduction to transmission issues in the U.S.

Among the issues explored will be the need for new and updated electric transmission infrastructure, how the transmission system functions, siting and cost allocation challenges and state and regional approaches for ensuring our transmission system will adapt to our changing energy resource mix in an affordable and reliable manner.

Speakers

Generation Planning and Policy

Transmission is closely tied to state, regional and national energy policy, and actions of state policymakers can promote or hinder the development of transmission lines that are needed to meet energy planning goals.  From financing to planning to interstate coordination, state policies heavily influence how transmission lines are planned and developed. This session will explore the role of legislators and regulators in coordinating generation with the need to site, fund, and build transmission.

Speakers

  • Paul Caldara, senior professional engineer, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Mark Stout, Planning Studies and Interconnection manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. | Download PDF Presentation

Transmission, Risk and EPA Air Regulations

In planning generation and transmission, federal policies and regulations—such as EPA greenhouse gas regulations—can create risk and have a major influence on planning. Natural and human caused events, such as cyber attacks or natural disasters, also create risks that need to be addressed. This session will discuss these issues and how states can address risks to the energy system.

Speakers

Transmission and Generation Planning Exercise

This brief exercise will provide an introduction and overview to tomorrow's exercise.

Speaker

  • Miles Keogh, director of Grants and Research, NARUC

Friday, May 29

Transmission and Generation Planning Exercise

Participants will use their knowledge to participate in an exercise that utilizes knowledge gained from the meeting to experience the many challenges and obstacles, and how they can be addressed, when it comes to building new transmission lines. Attendees will learn how energy demand and electric generation are balanced, and how transmission can be coordinated with generation to address the challenges presented by state and federal legislation. The hands-on experience helps participants understand how transmission can be developed to satisfy regulatory, policy and economic drivers.

Speaker

  • Miles Keogh, director of Grants and Research, NARUC

Discussion of Lessons Learned and Closing Comments