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Transmission Receives Big Boost in Biden Infrastructure Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On March 31, 2021, President Biden released "The American Jobs Plan," a factsheet outlining his new infrastructure plan. The White House plan stated that it would "put hundreds of thousands of people to work laying thousands of miles of transmission lines," and called on Congress to invest $100 billion to build a more resilient electric transmission system. 

The plan reads: "Through investments in the grid, we can move cheaper, cleaner electricity to where it is needed most. This starts with the creation of a targeted investment tax credit that incentivizes the buildout of at least 20 gigawatts of high-voltage capacity power lines and mobilizes tens of billions in private capital off the sidelines – right away. In addition, President Biden’s plan will establish a new Grid Deployment Authority at the Department of Energy that allows for better leverage of existing rights-of-way – along roads and railways – and supports creative financing tools to spur additional high priority, high-voltage transmission lines. These efforts will create good-paying jobs for union laborers, line workers, and electricians, in addition to creating demand for American-made building materials and parts.”

In a statement following the plan, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid Executive Director, Rob Gramlich, said that "we are thrilled to see the recognition of transmission as a leading opportunity to put people to work and meet climate and clean energy goals. Studies and experiences with power system resilience and decarbonization reveal the need to move many Gigawatts of power back and forth across large geographic areas. The transmission tax credit and other policies in the Biden infrastructure plan will enable a couple dozen large scale transmission projects to move forward in the near term. The biggest barrier to large scale transmission, even more than siting and permitting, is that there is currently no functioning way to recover costs of the large scale interregional “highways” that we need, through electricity rates or otherwise. We appreciate this administration’s focus on deployment and the promise of a Grid Deployment Authority.”

ACEG would like to thank its Board, Sponsors, Supporters, and friends for the work that they have done for making this possible. 
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ACEG Commends Senator Heinrich for the Introduction of the Transmission Investment Tax Credit

On Friday, March 26, 2021, Senator Heinrich (D-NM) reintroduced the Electric Power Infrastructure Improvement Act to establish a tax credit for interregional transmission lines. The investment tax credit would immediately stimulate the types of transmission projects that are not moving forward today, and which are needed to grow clean energy and the associated transmission and renewable generation jobs. It would also directly benefit electric customers, as the credit would be passed through in the form of lower rates.

“We are thrilled to see the introduction of Senator Heinrich’s transmission tax credit bill and we appreciate his continued leadership in transmission. There is currently no functioning way to recover costs of large scale regional and interregional transmission. Allocating the costs across the hundreds of utilities and participants in electric power markets is the main barrier to the kind of transmission needed for reliability, resilience, and clean energy expansion,” said Rob Gramlich, Executive Director of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid. “This tax credit would help tremendously by providing a federal co-pay, to alleviate the cost allocation challenge and move transmission forward. There are around 20 large scale projects around the country that could advance with this tax credit over the next few years. ACEG will be producing a report soon describing these projects and the status of transmission development.”

Reminder: Register today for Transmission Time
Transmission, Clean Energy, & Resilience:
A Conversation with Grid Owners and Planners in SPP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 2:00pm EST, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is hosting the next installment of "Transmission Time." Join ACEG to speak with top executives of the grid operator and owner in a region that was ground zero for the recent cold snap and also for the highest renewable energy penetration in the country.

Peggy Simmons, President and Chief Operating Officer for the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), and Lanny Nickell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), will discuss how their region operates with up to 70 percent renewable energy penetration at times, how the utility and SPP plan their systems for clean energy and reliability and resilience, and the role of large scale transmission.

  • Peggy Simmons, President and Chief Operating Officer for the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) 
  • Lanny Nickell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP)
  • Moderator: Rob Gramlich, Executive Director, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid

Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is the only non-profit broad-based public interest advocacy coalition focused on the need to expand, integrate, and modernize the North American high-voltage grid.

ACEG brings together the diverse support for an expanded and modernized grid from business, labor, consumer and environmental groups, and other transmission supporters to support policy which recognizes the benefits of a robust transmission grid.

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