WIRES Newsletter - Q3 2020
FERC Developments
The third quarter saw a lot of activity, with WIRES submitting a number of comments and motions to FERC. For easy access, here are links to download PDFs of the filings:
Senator Manchin
Our virtual Fall Member Meeting will be held Oct. 28-29th. Once again, we are disappointed to not be able to meet in person, but we have organized a compelling slate of discussion topics and speakers for Thurs. Oct. 29th. WIRES is honored to welcome Senator Joseph Manchin (D-WV) as our keynote speaker. Senator Manchin serves as ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations among other committee assignments.
Additionally, we will feature two panel discussions: Integration of Renewables and Impact on Transmission, and Resilience and the Grid. We are delighted that Joe Kelliher, former EVP of Federal Regulatory Affairs at NextERA Energy and former FERC Chairman will join us on the Renewables panel, and the Hon. Rick Mroz, Senior Advisor to Protect our Power, and former President, NJ Board of Public Utilities will be among our speakers on resilience. For a list of all our esteemed panelists, please download the meeting agenda and program.
Webinars/Speaking Engagements
FERC 101 Webinar
Sept. Webinar
WIRES hosted two member-only webinars this quarter, featuring FERC’s Larry Greenfield, who gave an informative FERC 101 overview, and the new Director of the Macro Grid Initiative, Tracy Warren, who spoke about the initiative’s mission and efforts.
Mark your calendars for a third webinar slated for Nov. 12th from 1:30-2:30pm on a post-election discussion featuring Kellie Donnelly, Executive Vice President, General Counsel at Lot Sixteen and former Chief Counsel on the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
WIRES is also participating as a sponsor and speaker at a number of conferences this fall:

WIRES is a digital sponsor of this event.

Managing the Grid…wires matter…for system resiliency, economics, meeting policy goals. Can we have it all? Transmission planning for resiliency…for today & tomorrow.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Panel 2: Transmission Planning and Coordination for Integration of Offshore Wind Generation
Member Profile
AVANGRID is a leading, sustainable energy company with two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. During the last five years, the Networks businesses have invested nearly $6.4 billion in efforts to strengthen and modernize the grid infrastructure and develop innovative technologies that will serve as the backbone of energy transformation. These investments and continuous improvements to the grid will deliver clean energy to customers, harden the system to improve reliability, enable customers to adopt distributed energy solutions and support local economic development.
WIRES in the News
WIRES and Larry Gasteiger were referenced or quoted in a number of articles during the third quarter. Comments by Chairman Chatterjee and others at our Summer Meeting prompted a number of articles.

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WIRES is an international, non-profit trade association of investor-, publicly-, and cooperatively owned transmission providers, transmission customers, regional grid managers, and equipment and service companies. WIRES promotes investment in electric transmission and progressive state and federal policies that advance energy markets, economic efficiency, and consumer and environmental benefits through development of electric power infrastructure. For more information, visit www.wiresgroup.com.