Energy Regulatory Challenges Facing Renewable Projects In 2011: Successful Projects Will Account for Interconnection and Transmission Issues Early in the Process
By William D. DeGrandis
Both federal and state governmental agencies are strongly emphasizing diversifying our energy generation portfolios by encouraging greater reliance on renewable energy resources. Because many viable renewable resource sites (especially solar, wind and hydro) are located far from the existing grid, interconnecting a renewable energy resource to the grid could trigger the need for tens of millions -- and in some cases, hundreds of millions -- of dollars in interconnection/transmission costs, which could be prohibitive for many projects. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) -- the federal agency that has jurisdiction over most disputes in this area -- is considering in different proceedings various objections to how these costs are allocated to such projects.
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