FERC, governors, state regulators and utilities should focus their efforts on interregional transmission development by encouraging investments that will yield significant long-term benefits.
Barbara Tyran is an Advisor of the Macro Grid Initiative, which seeks to expand and upgrade the nation’s transmission network to deliver job growth and economic development, a cleaner environment, and lower costs for consumers.
She brings outstanding federal/state government relations experience, following two decades as Director, Washington & State Relations, at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where she was the principal liaison between EPRI executive management and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, state legislators/regulators, and the Washington policy community.
Her background includes federal advocacy for utilities and consulting for public/private/nonprofit energy clients, with engagements involving strategic planning, policy analysis, marketing, communications policies, and external engagement strategies.
Barbara holds a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University.
The recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act was a historic moment for the future of American clean energy. Long-term tax policy certainty for the wind, solar and battery storage industries will drive further cost declines and accelerate the transition to clean power. However, delivering the lowest-cost power to businesses and homeowners will still require a massive expansion of the nation’s electricity transmission capacity.
As the frequency and severity of extreme weather events continue to increase and the clean energy transformation accelerates, grid operators and regulators across the country are faced with difficult decisions on how to ensure cost-effective, reliable service.