On Wednesday, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted the final workshop in a three-part series on Environmental Regulation and Electric System Reliability. Workshop Three focused on local, state, regional, and federal policy options to accommodate the expected power sector transition. Video and presentations are available here.
Chairman Jon Wellinghoff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) kicked off the session with a keynote addressing FERC’s transmission policies for regional planning and cost allocation.
Other panels featured:
- State Public Service Commissioners, industry representatives, and environmental and consumer advocates assessing state regulator and utility planning for the suite of forthcoming EPA regulations.
- Representatives of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) discussing strategies for local, state, and regional coordination with utility experts and executives.
- A spirited debate about options for the federal government, including the roles of FERC, DOE, and EPA.
- A bipartisan group of Hill staff from both the House and Senate discussing the viability of energy legislation in the 112th Congress.
The Bipartisan Policy Center plans to issue a report in March identifying key insights and recommendations. The report will build on the presentations and public dialogue at the series of workshops and a range of existing analyses.