WIRES Newsletter Summer 2022

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With summer vacations over and everyone in back-to-school mode, WIRES is looking ahead to a busy Fall focused on FERC and some potentially impactful regulatory actions for transmission. In August, WIRES submitted comments mostly in support of FERC’s proposed rule on regional transmission planning and cost allocation while offering targeted suggestions on areas for clarification and refinement. On a separate track, WIRES looks forward to providing its comments and suggested revisions on the proposed generator interconnection rule in the weeks ahead. In addition to these proposed rules, WIRES will actively participate in an upcoming FERC technical conference focused on transmission planning and cost management for transmission facilities.

Meanwhile, WIRES continues to serve as a forum for enlightening discussions with industry leaders on cutting edge transmission issues. In July, ISO-NE CEO Gordon van Welie was the featured speaker at the WIRES Summer Meeting that also included panel discussions on offshore wind and the FERC transmission NOPR. And in October, WIRES will welcome FERC Commissioner Willie Phillips as the Keynote Speaker to our Fall Meeting in Washington, DC. Finally, stay tuned as WIRES looks to release in the coming weeks its next report highlighting the benefits of formula rates to customers of transmission infrastructure development, insights that are likely to inform cost issues implicated in the various transmission proceedings currently under consideration at FERC.

Larry Gasteiger

Executive Director, WIRES

FERC Developments

September 2: Joint EEI/WIRES motion to dismiss the state ROFR complaint in MISO

August 17: WIRES Initial NOPR Comments RM21-17

June 15: WIRES Comments on Capital Complaint

See all filings on the WIRES website.

Summer Member Meeting

At our Summer Meeting in beautiful Newport, RI, members were welcomed with a video address by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and a compelling keynote address from ISO-New England’s CEO, Gordon van Welie. The two lively panels on transmission and offshore wind, and the planning and cost allocation NOPR were well received.

Recordings of Senator Whitehouse's, Gordon van Welie’s remarks and the panel discussions are available on our Summer Meeting page.

Fall Member Meeting

Be sure to mark your calendar for our Fall Member Meeting in Washington, DC on October 26-27, 2022

Keynote Speaker Willie Phillips

Member Webinars

Our popular Member Webinar Series continued this Spring with a number of speakers from FERC.

In September we look forward to welcoming Jignasa Gadani, director of FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI). The webinar will be at 10:00 am on September 29th.

Member Profiles

In total, WIRES’ membership accounts for ~160,000 miles of high voltage transmission, nearly 25% of all transmission lines in the U.S.


Full Supporting Member

Eversource, celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2021 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies. Eversource transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately 4.4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,200 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. In 2021, Eversource invested approximately $1 billion in the electric transmission system. These investments have resulted in strong reliability and safety performance, improved resiliency, economic growth and the integration of more renewable energy in the region. For more information, please visit eversource.com, and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn.

Burns & McDonnell

Associate Member

Currently ranked as the No. 1 firm for Power and T&D by ENR, Burns & McDonnell is helping electric utilities around the globe as they navigate major transformations in an array of energy markets. As a 100% employee-owned firm, Burns & McDonnell provides EPC, construction, and program management services for high-voltage transmission and substation facilities, underground transmission corridors, comprehensive modernization of distribution systems, telecommunications network integration and automation, transit electrification, offshore and onshore wind interconnection hubs as well as utility-scale solar installations, and industrial electrical system upgrades. More than 1,800 Burns & McDonnell T&D professionals provide permitting and studies, detailed engineering, construction program management, final-phase startup and commissioning, and much more from offices located around the globe.

New Members

WIRES is delighted to welcome two new members. Ameren as a Full Supporting Member and Terracon as an Associate Member.

Industry Visibility

Larry spoke at a number of industry events this spring and summer and will be a general session speaker at the inaugural T&D World Conference & Expo in October.

  • ACEG Webinar – Planning for the Future: Diverse Perspectives on the FERC’s Proposed Planning Rule – August 18th


  • FERC Technical Conference – October 6, 2022 – Panel 4: Regional Transmission Facility for Reliability Cost Management Practices (1:40pm to 2:50pm)

  • T&D World Conf. & Expo – October 5-7, 2022 – Friday Oct. 7th General Session – Transmission Planning for a Cleaner and More Resilient Grid
WIRES in the News

Sharing earned media highlights from the late spring and summer below, including WIRES perspectives on the planning NOPR and Inflation Reduction Act transmission provisions. For a complete listing of earned media visit the WIRES In the News page

Maine court ruling gives new life to contentious transmission line

8/31/22 - RTO Insider

Maine Supreme Court opens pathway for Avangrid’s $1B New England transmission project

8/31/22 - Utility Dive

Maine Supreme Court breathes life into Avangrid’s NECEC power line

8/31/22 - IHS Markit - Energy Daily

Sharp views from Enel, WIRES, others on FERC’s transmission planning proposal shared at forum

8/19/22 – Utility Dive


Battle lines drawn on FERC tx planning NOPR

8/17/22 – RTO Insider


DC Circuit ruling gives FERC new chance to establish durable transmission ROEs

8/12/22 – S&P Global


MISO transmission ROEs vacated by D.C. Circuit, sending FERC back to the drawing board

8/10/22 – Utility Dive


“Lots of work left to do” on US grid expansion as climate bill nears passage

8/10/22 – S&P Global


Climate bill targets transmission to unjam clean energy backlog

 8/9/22 – Bloomberg Law


Wind developers hope climate deal advances US supply chain

8/5/22 – E&E News


Iowa transmission complaint part of “troubling pattern” grid advocate says

7/20/22 – S&P Global


FERC has big plans to remake the US power system. Figuring out who should pay is a challenge

6/28/22 – Politico Pro


FERC meeting: a rule for renewables, grid and “complete bull”

6/17/22 – E&E News


FERC Official Aims to Tackle Nimbyism

6/8/22 – Politico Morning Energy


FERC expands environmental justice, equity considerations in agency decision making, EJ counsel says

6/3/22 – Utility Dive


FERC EJ counsel says agency can bolster gas oversight

6/2/22 – E&E News


FERC expanding environmental justice efforts, top counsel says

6/1/22 – Bloomberg Law


Maine court case seen as precedent for transmission battles

5/11/22 – E&E News


After a decade-long lull in transmission investment, FERC may hand power back to utilities

5/16/22 – Politico Pro

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