US Wind Energy Industry Applauds FERC Ruling on Transmission (+ video)

Washington, DC [Auto Channel] The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) [April 19] applauded the unanimous approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of a new California Independent System Operator (ISO) transmission policy. The policy, which the U.S. wind energy industry has worked to develop and support, aims to address the “chicken or egg” problem that has bedeviled wind power development where no wind farms are built unless there is transmission, and no transmission is built unless there are wind farms already in place. Today’s ruling in effect states that, in windy areas where there is no transmission, transmission should be financed and built first as long as it is clear that there is a large energy resource to be tapped and that there is some financial commitment on the part of generating companies to eventually develop projects in the area.

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