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

April 7, 2011

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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.


James J. Hoecker

Senior Counsel & Energy Strategist