NEMA Calls on DOE to
Identify Electrical Transmission Bottlenecks
10, 2006 - National Electrical Manufacturers Association
(ROSSLYN, VA) - The U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) should move soon to designate certain
electrical transmission corridors as bottlenecks
so they can be considered for federal siting permits
by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said
officials of NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers
Association, shortly after release of a study by
Bottlenecks on the electric transmission
system decrease electric reliability and cost consumers
billions of dollars per year. The Energy Policy
Act of 2005 required the Department of Energy to
study congestion and identify bottlenecks, presently
called National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.
On August 8, 2006, DOE released the National Electric
Transmission Congestion Study, which categorizes
congested areas, but it does not designate bottleneck
Transmission line projects must be
in National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors
to be considered for possible federal siting under
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority.
The designation of national corridors will reduce
uncertainty by allowing the federal government to
license facilities in the national interest in cases
where states have not acted in a reasonable time.
In one case, regulatory delays led to a 15-year
schedule in getting an important transmission line
“DOE needs to quickly designate corridors
to help ensure reliable and affordable electricity,”
said NEMA President Evan Gaddis.
NEMA is the trade association of choice
for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded
in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C.,
its 430 member companies manufacture products used
in the generation, transmission and distribution,
control, and end-use of electricity. These products
are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial,
commercial, institutional, and residential applications.
Domestic production of electrical products sold
worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its
headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has
offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.
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