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Electric Transmission 101: How the High-Voltage Grid Works and Who Regulates It

Speaking Engagement
4.07.11
Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and Working group for Investment in Reliable and Economic electric Systems (WIRES)
Washington, D.C.

Former Chairman of the FERC and Husch Blackwell Senior Counsel James Hoecker moderates a discussion designed to bring Congressional staff up-to-date on the basic operational and regulatory challenges facing the nation’s electric power system. Chairman Hoecker’s panel includes representatives from a federal regulator, a governors association, a regional power pool, and a transmission developer to explain the fundamentals of the high-voltage transmission system that supports interstate bulk power markets, interconnects location-constrained renewable resources, and ensures the reliable and efficient delivery of power to all parts of the nation. The briefing, sponsored by WIRES, a national transmission trade group that promotes responsible investment in the grid, examines what constitutes a truly 21st century grid and how it is managed and regulated. This briefing is the first in a series on Capitol Hill that examines the opportunities and obstacles to a more modern electric system.