The International Law Firm of Fulbright & Jaworski - Energy
Erik Swenson and Richard M. Farmer
May 12, 2009 view as PDF
Fulbright partners Erik Swenson and Rick Farmer (moderator), Assistant General Counsel of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Robin Lunt and Executive Vice President of Edison Electric Institute David Owens examine the current debate on the federal government's role in electric transmission and discuss issues such as:
- What role does the federal government need to play in encouraging, regulating and siting transmission?
- Does it make sense to have a national transmission grid while so much of the electric industry is subject to local regulation and transmission was built to serve local load?
- Does the current emphasis on wind, solar and other "green" technologies justify changing the status quo with respect to siting authority?
- Should significant capacity on new transmission lines be reserved for renewable energy resources?
- Is Federal preemption of transmission siting necessary to facilitate the construction of new transmission lines? If so, under what circumstances should the federal government be able to exercise preemptive authority?
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Richard M. Farmer