Major American companies, including Procter and Gamble, will ask the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to continue efforts to accelerate and enhance regional and interregional transmission line planning processes in an effort make the US electricity grid more reliable and resilient. The companies, which include some of the nation’s largest electricity consumers, will deliver a letter to FERC May 9, in response to a request for stakeholder comments on the resilience of the bulk power system in areas operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RTOs/ISOs).
The letter’s signatories are among the more than 100 US corporations with renewable energy goals, and all have made significant wind and solar power purchase agreements. An expanded and upgraded transmission grid will also ensure that these companies will have sufficient wind and solar projects to purchase power from in the years ahead.
RTOs and ISOs have largely failed to incorporate the increasing demand for renewable energy by large energy users into their planning processes. This could lead to a shortage of renewable projects, as corporations act to fulfill their commitments to procure an additional 50 gigawatts of renewable power by 2025.
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