Electric cooperatives participate in transmission planning as transmission customers, providers, and owners. On behalf of all its members, NRECA advocates for regional transmission planning process that is “bottom-up.” NRECA also believes that the cost of transmission investment should be shared by utilities that will receive economic benefits.
Where We Stand
- New transmission is needed to support growing demand for electricity and the development of new renewable and fossil-fuel resources. Congress should support enhanced federal back-stop siting authority to ensure this new transmission gets built.
- Wholesale transmission service should be provided within a framework of regional planning and coordinated operations that do not compromise reliability and safety.
- Rural Americans should not be required to out bid others for use of the system cooperatives build; access to the grid should occur under reasonable terms and conditions and be associated with reasonable compensation on a nondiscriminatory basis.