Feds May Need Power To Take State Lands For New Grid

By Michael Wigmore, Brandon Tuck and Kelly Rondinelli (October 20, 2021, 4:12 PM EDT) -- Ambitions to decarbonize the power sector by 2035 face a number of significant hurdles — the most intractable of which may be the extent of corresponding high-voltage transmission infrastructure necessary to accommodate the forecasted growth of renewable generation.

The authority to site new transmission infrastructure rests with the states, and every state has historically had the power to prevent construction of transmission infrastructure it opposes.

The Energy Policy Act gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new backstop siting authority, in an attempt to overcome state opposition to construction of transmission infrastructure. But this authority was fatally flawed from the outset, and...

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