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Just and Reasonable? Transmission Upgrades Charged to Interconnecting Generators Are Delivering System-Wide Benefits
Renewable generators continue to get saddled with nearly the entire cost of increasingly expensive yet often broadly beneficial upgrades in the Midwest and Great Plains. As a result, many other low-cost wind and solar projects are not getting built, according to a new study by ICF for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), with support from the Macro Grid Initiative. ICF will present modeling of recent transmission upgrades assigned to new wind and solar projects through the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and Southwest Power Pool generator interconnection (GI) processes. Their modeling finds that many of these upgrades, if built, would have delivered significant benefits to the shared grid systems that the beneficiaries would not have paid for. Under current GI cost allocation rules, new energy projects in both regions are responsible for paying for nearly all the cost of these upgrades, potentially violating the “beneficiary pays” principle and the Federal Power Act’s “just and reasonable” requirements. Join ACORE, ICF, regulatory officials and industry leaders for a webinar release and commentary on these important findings.

Moderator:
•Barbara Tyran, Macro Grid Initiative Director

Panelists:
•Himali Parmar, Vish Sankaran, Kenneth Collison, ICF Resources
•Ted Thomas, Chair, Arkansas PSC
•Norman Bay, Former Chair, FERC (2015-17); Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
•Caroline Golin, Global Head, Energy Markets & Policy, Google
•Matt Pawlowski, Executive Director, Business Management and Regulatory Affairs, NextEra Energy
•Jay Caspary, VP, Grid Strategies; former Director, Research & Development and Special Studies, SPP

Sep 9, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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