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Transmission Policy: A National Summit

Event Description and Agenda:

Federal and state policy makers are focused on bringing new renewable energy resources online, reducing greenhouse gasses, and opening competition in the electric transmission industry. Building greater transmission infrastructure will facilitate, among other things, increased reliability, the greater integration of renewable sources of electricity into the grid, and will accommodate the reduction of power plants supplying the grid.

These priorities mean that more transmission is needed, and being proposed, across the country. Building new transmission is complicated and costly and the process to get new lines approved, sited and built is long and arduous. Transmission projects involve multiple Federal, state, and tribal agencies and are subject to a wide array of processes and procedural requirements for compliance. Delays in securing needed statutory reviews, permits, and consultations can threaten timely completion of these projects.

This conference will examine how transmission developers and regulators are working to balance the need for new transmission while considering environmental requirements, economic and policy goals, and public concern all with the purpose of enabling the build-out of the U.S. electric grid.


Monday, February 9, 2015

8:20 - 8:55 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:55 - 9:00 a.m. :: Welcome and Introductions

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. :: Keynote Address

Federal Transmission Policy Commissioner Anthony Clark, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. :: AEP Transmission Policy Perspectives

This presentation will discuss a variety of policy related issues and how AEP is responding and implementing them.

Raja Sundararajan, VP for Transmission Asset Strategy and Policy, American Electric Power

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :: Department of Energy's Infrastructure Permitting Modernization

This presentation will review the department's implementation of Executive Order 13408, dealing with Infrastructure Permitting Modernization as they relate to electricity transmission. Specifically, the development of the Integrated, Interagency, Pre-application (IIP) process for transmission projects requiring multiple Federal Authorizations. There will also be discussion into the pre-application activities for Presidential Permit projects.

Christopher Lawrence, Electricity Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. :: Federal Land Permitting Process Mini-Session

BLM Transmission Planning & Permitting Overview

BLM will provide updates on new and upcoming policies and regulations as well as energy corridor planning actions and permitting lessons learned from recent high-voltage transmission projects in the Western U.S.

Lucas Lucero, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Land Management, Energy, Minerals and Realty Management Directorate

Competing Uses for National Park Service Lands

The presentation will address the National Park Service Organic Act and the founders' vision for the parks, while addressing the growing number of requests to use park lands for electrical transmission and wireless facilities. What is the law, what is the process and are there any alternatives.

Merle Lee Dickinson, Special Park Use Program Manager, National Park Service

2:15 - 3:00 p.m. :: Transmission Planning - FERC's Role in Planning for a Power Grid with Less Coal and More Gas Generation

With its responsibilities regarding rates and reliability, does FERC need to evaluate its policies on planning to reduce the consumer cost of massive transformation of the grid, and reduce adverse impacts on reliability?

Robert Ivanauskas, Policy Advisor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. :: Regional Transmission Operator Mini-Session

These two presentations and question & answer session will highlight the planning efforts and market operation efforts that are being implemented to address seams issues. Recent improvements as well as a forward looking view on current issues that are being addressed via the Joint and Common Market processes will be discussed.

MISO Presentation

Jesse Moser, Director, Seams Relations & Strategy, MISO

PJM Interconnection Presentation

Stanley Williams, Director, Market Services, PJM Interconnection

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. :: A Regulator's Perspective of Regional Planning, Rate Recovery, and Cost Allocation

  • Order 1000 - Where is North Carolina Now?
  • Integration of Renewables onto the Grid
  • PJM Cost-Allocation Issues
  • EIPC

Chairman Edward S. Finley, Jr., North Carolina Utilities Commission

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. :: A Review of Current Issues in FERC Investigation and Prosecution of Market Manipulation and Regulation of Transmission

This session provides a general overview of current trends and issues in FERC's regulation of alleged manipulative conduct and transmission related activity. With respect to market manipulation issues, this session will provide a high level review of FERC's market manipulation regulations including procedural regulations of specific import and will also outline the general categories of conduct that FERC has found to be manipulative, which will include a more detailed review of several specific recent cases of interest. With respect to transmission regulation, this session will focus on major FERC transmission issues including transmission planning and cost allocation pursuant to FERC's Order No. 1000, FERC's Open Access Tariff regulations and FERC's reliability standards and practices.

Andrew R. Corcoran, Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :: A Perspective on Planning Regional and Local Facilities in Organized Markets

How well are the 890 planning principles (coordination, openness, transparency, information exchange, comparability, dispute resolution, regional participation, economic planning studies and cost allocation being implemented in PJM? This April 24th will be the seventeenth year since Order 888. What additional changes are needed to meet the Commission's vision of an open and transparent planning process?

Edward D. Tatum, Jr., Vice President, RTO & Regulatory Affairs, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns


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