Transmission control

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 FERC and the Biden administration are both pushing for expanding long distance transmission to better integrate clean energy into the grid. But it’s a heavy lift, with utilities disinclined to give up power over the lines, grid experts say. This conflict exists in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, where member utility Entergy has been blamed for stalling efforts to bring long-range transmission planning to the region to avoid competition. Entergy retorts that delays are par for the course in the notoriously difficult realm of long-distance transmission.

“The stranglehold that incumbents generally have on the transmission planning and development is one that will continue to be a major barrier to the Biden administration reaching its goal of decarbonizing the grid by 2035,” former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff told Pro’s Catherine Morehouse. “It’s going to be virtually impossible to do that as long as those incumbents continue to have the strength of their incumbency.”