New Jersey Integrated Energy Plan

  New Jersey’s Integrated Energy Plan, commissioned by the state’s Board of Public Utilities and based on analysis by the Rocky Mountain Institute, finds that existing New Jersey policies will not be sufficient to meet the state’s clean energy goals. Modeling of the least-cost pathways to meet these goals finds that PJM-to-New Jersey transmission will need…

Minnesota’s Smarter Grid

  Minnesota’s Smarter Grid, a study performed by Vibrant Clean Energy, models eight future Eastern Interconnection electric system scenarios to determine the optimal pathways through which Minnesota can meet its state goal of decarbonizing its economy 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050 (80×50). A more flexible grid with increased interstate transmission can efficiently support…

Informing The Transmission Discussion

  Informing the Transmission Discussion offers an overview of the challenges each US region faces as a result of changing energy mixes, increases in electrification, increases in demand-side variability from DERs and energy storage and the need for location-constrained renewables. The study looks at the current regional transmission landscape and examines what must be done to…

Report On Barriers And Opportunities For High Voltage Transmission

  In its Report on Barriers and Opportunities for High Voltage Transmission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) provides a strong endorsement of large-scale transmission, stating that, “high voltage transmission can improve the reliability and resilience of the transmission system by allowing utilities to share generating resources, enhance the stability of the existing transmission system, aid…

The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative

  The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, released a two-phase study assessing future power sector infrastructure needs across the Eastern Interconnection. Phase II of the study developed transmission expansion buildouts for three future scenarios selected from a larger set of eight scenarios identified in Phase I. The three…

North American Supergrid: Transforming Electricity Transmission

  North American Supergrid: Transforming Electricity Transmission is an initiative of the nonprofit Climate Institute that contemplates a North American Supergrid, or a largely underground, nationwide HVDC network that would extend across the lower 48 states, improving national security and enabling higher penetrations of cost-effective renewable energy. The study also examines the technical and engineering challenges…

Interconnections Seam Study

  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted the Interconnections Seam Study to analyze the costs and benefits of optimized nationwide transmission expansion. The study develops four transmission designs with various levels of increased transmission capacity aimed at connecting the nation’s main grid regions. Each design scenario is analyzed under eight scenarios with different assumptions regarding transmission…

Grid Vision: The Electric Highway to a 21st Century Economy

  Grid Vision provides three key policy recommendations for realizing the benefits of an expanded transmission system. These three recommendations are centered around the “Three Ps” of Planning, Paying and Permitting, which call for forward-thinking and collaborative transmission planning, broad transmission cost allocation to reflect the broadly distributed benefits of transmission, and the simplification of interstate…