ACEG Applauds the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis for Recognizing the Importance of Upgrading and Expanding Transmission Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August, 25 2020)—Today the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a new report, titled "The Case for Climate Action: Building A Clean Economy for the American People." Read the full report here

ACEG is glad that transmission was included in the final Senate report. Notable provisions from the full report include: 
  • "A more unified national grid with better long-distance connections would require substantial initial investment but would also offer tremendous benefits."
  • "Stimulus could also focus on electric transmission and storage: $30-90 billion in transmission investments are needed by 203084 and federal stimulus could help get a lot of that work done."
  • "FERC plays a critical role in regulating interstate transmission and the wholesale sale of electricity across state lines."
  • "Expanding transmission holds longer-term promise for helping address seasonal variability, by enabling power generated in an area experiencing higher output to be conveyed to areas with temporarily lower output."
  • "Creating a new investment tax credit for regionally significant transmission projects."
Transmission Time with Rob Gramlich
featuring Jennifer Curran

Come join a conversation about large scale transmission in the Midwest and its role in enabling the next rounds of investment in clean energy. 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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— 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:

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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