www.direc2010.gov.in Expanding Transmission: Efforts in the U.S. and India OFFICIAL SIDE EVENT: U.S. Department of Energy, IPPAI, and ACORE 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 27 October 2010
In India and the U.S., regions that are rich with renewable energy resources are frequently far from electricity demand centers. Transmission expansion is therefore vital to scaling up renewable energy capacity. Laying the transmission lines that will pave our way to a clean energy future can, however, raise regional concerns over cost-allocation and environmental disruption. Regulators and utilities must make great efforts to balance national and local interests in order to expand electricity transmission in an equitable way.
ACORE, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) will convene this side event to examine how regulators in the U.S. and India have approached transmission expansion.
Recent legislation in the U.S. has proposed granting greater authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop interstate transmission lines. In India, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has drafted new guidelines for allocating costs inter-regionally when new transmission lines cross provincial borders. Government and business leaders will comment on these developments and also discuss what steps are still necessary.
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