Planning A New Electrical Transmission Grid

Law360, New York (March 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On March 5, 2009, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., introduced the Clean Renewable Energy and Economic Development Act, which presents a regulatory outline for developing a national transmission power grid.

Notably, the bill provides for federal preemption for the permitting of new electric lines, allowing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site transmission lines carrying electricity from designated renewable energy zones (REZs) that have the possibility of generating more than 1 GW of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, incremental hydroelectric...
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