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ACEG Celebrates Union Contributions to Electricity Grid

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 7, 2020) — Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) celebrates American workers and organized labor today and looks forward to working with our friends and colleagues towards a clean energy future supported by expanded and improved grid infrastructure.

Rob Gramlich, Executive Director of ACEG, said: “On this Labor Day we celebrate all the workers and their labor unions who helped build and maintain the backbone of modern society: the electricity transmission grid. Line workers, electricians, surveyors, equipment operators and other skilled laborers constructed towers, hung conductors, and have maintained, protected, and restored equipment. Unions such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Utility Workers Union of America, Laborers’ International Union of North America, United Steelworkers along with the Blue-Green Alliance are helping to train workers and develop safety standards and public policies to support and protect this growing American workforce. Building a US Macro Grid will employ a half million people directly and another million people in indirect and induced jobs. We look forward to working with these unions to develop the needed workforce and policies that support well-paying and safe American jobs.”

ACEG Presents Transmission Time

"What's Next for Transmission?
Success Stories and Lessons Learned"

September 3, 2020 (Washington, D.C.)Americans for a Clean Energy Grid presents a new interactive web series, "Transmission Time," to explore the many benefits of an expanded and integrated national grid and discuss the challenges that transmission is currently facing.

In the first installment on September 10, 2020 from 3:30-4:30 pm ET, tune in for "What's Next for Transmission? Success Stories and Lessons Learned" where you will hear from ACEG Executive Director Rob Gramlich and MISO VP of System Planning and Chief Compliance Officer Jennifer Curran talk about large scale transmission in the Midwest and its role in enabling the next rounds of investment in clean energy. To register for the event, visit here

Jennifer Curran, Vice President of System Planning and Chief Compliance Officer at the The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., will describe the successes achieved by MISO’s Multi-Value Projects over the last decade, and its new Long Range Planning effort. Jennifer oversees a broad array of functions including the company’s transmission and resource planning efforts, strategic and business planning for system operations and infrastructure planning, as well as the company’s work to comply with state and federal electricity standards. Many people recognize the importance of transmission but seldom are they aware of how doable it is, if the right regional agreements are in place. MISO has been working with stakeholders, Governors, and other policymakers to assemble plans that work for the region. Discussions are beginning on future plans which Jennifer will describe and we will discuss these and other regional and national efforts in this video conference.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.
— Last month, The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) launched the Macro Grid Initiative to build support for expanding and upgrading the nation’s transmission network. A 21st century Macro Grid will deliver jobs and economic development, a cleaner environment, and lower costs for consumers.

Achieving the Macro Grid vision will require new policies at the federal, regional and state levels that recognize the substantial nationwide benefits of an interregionally connected transmission network. 

To learn more about the Macro Grid Initiative and to sign up for the new Macro Grid Initiative newsletter, visit: https://acore.org/macro-grid-initiative/

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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