Better proactive planning of the transmission system is needed to ensure grid reliability and resilience, maintain consumer affordability, and deliver generation resources needed to decarbonize the electricity sector. We support the timely adoption of a final rule that establishes anticipatory long-term regional transmission (LTRT) planning designed to respond to the needs of a changing electricity grid.
Current transmission planning and cost allocation methodologies are not meeting our nation’s needs and have been too piecemeal in nature. As a result, we have become too reliant on locally planned projects without having a robust process to consider the full range of alternatives provided by regional and interregional transmission. Ultimately, this has led to missed opportunities to size transmission lines for greater benefits or maximize opportunities to upgrade existing lines. Effective transmission planning processes must be long-term and proactively plan for changes in generation supply and demand. Our nation’s electricity mix and consumer demands will not remain as they are today, and our grid cannot continue to operate as it did a decade ago — we must be prepared to build for the future.
Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include governors from across the U.S. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.
Alliance states and territories are achieving lower levels of air pollution, delivering more energy savings to homes and businesses, preparing more effectively for climate impacts, generating more electricity from zero-carbon sources, and collectively employing over 40% more workers in the clean energy sector than the rest of the country. For more information on Alliance members’ bipartisan, cross-sector climate action, see our Fact Sheet.