Transmission Policy Institute Agenda

April 20-21, 2011
Sheraton Downtown
Denver, CO

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Wednesday, April 20

Transmission and Technologies 101


This session provided an introduction to transmission issues in the U.S., exploring why new transmission is needed, the benefits of new transmission and how new technologies can help in meeting the challenges that are often met when new transmission lines are built. It explored state and regional needs and the importance of ensuring the grid is reliable and up-to-date.

Policy Drivers


Transmission is closely tied to state energy policy, and actions of policymakers can promote or hinder the construction of new transmission lines. From financing to environmental impact statements, state policies heavily influence transmission planning. This session explored siting, cost recovery, cost allocation, and the many other factors that policymakers influence when it comes to transmission.

Technology Provides New Transmission Options


A number of technologies improve the ability to site new transmission lines and maximize the use of existing lines. This session explored these options along with the costs and tradeoffs associated with them.

Thursday, April 21

Case Studies


Many technologies, such as underground burial of lines and directional drilling have been used in a number of instances. This session looked at current and past efforts utilizing these technologies to explore how they enabled transmission line construction while addressing public acceptance, costs and other barriers.

Transmission Game


Participants used 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 about how energy demand and electric generation are balanced, and how transmission can be developed to ensure the balancing effort is effective and reliable. The hands on experience helps participants understand how transmission can be developed to satisfy regulatory, policy, and economic drivers.

Discussion of Lessons Learned and Closing Comments


  • Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas, 45th District