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Dear ACEG Coalition Partner,
 
The Governors Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSC), representing 16 state chief executives, asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a letter yesterday to explore the steps necessary to make our high-voltage grid a truly national system. The letter and accompanying GWSC press release are available here.
 
The Governors cited this summer’s comprehensive and conclusive analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, demonstrating the overwhelming benefits of linking the major eastern and western interconnections with high-voltage AC and DC transmission investments. The GWSC stated that “unifying the Eastern and Western U.S. power grids will make the nation’s electrical system more resilient, efficient, reliable, competitive, and less vulnerable to cyber-attacks. This collaborative effort, by the national labs, grid operators, electric utilities and others, provides a sound solution to many issues with which the Commission has grappled for years.”
 
ACEG has for several months been actively calling attention to NREL’s seminal analysis (see: press release, webinar), and welcomes the Governors’ call for FERC to assert its statutory leadership over interstate electric transmission and wholesale transactions to move toward a fully integrated national power grid. Since the fundamental authority to permit, site, and authorize construction of transmission lines rests with the states, having the major stakeholding states’ highest elected leaders join in calling for inter-regional transmission development is a very promising development. To the extent you reside in one of the states represented by the GWSC, you might consider congratulating your governor on this call to action sent to FERC. To the extent your governor is not represented in GWSC, you might suggest that he or she join their peers in urging progress toward a single nation-wide interconnection.
 
To the extent FERC takes up the Governors’ call, ACEG plans to be fully involved—and to keep you fully informed.
 
With all best wishes,

John W. Jimison
Executive Director
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG)

Board of Directors

Jennifer Chen
Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

David Gardiner
David Gardiner and Associates

Rob Gramlich
Grid Strategies LLC

James Hoecker
WIRES

Patrick Hughes
National Electrical Manufacturers Association

John Jimison
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid

Nina Plaushin
ITC Holdings Corp.
 
Anne Vogel 
American Electric Power

Bill White
CTC Global

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