Highlights of key developments in the modernization and expansion of the nation’s electric grid, with an emphasis on public policy initiatives driving that evolution and WIRES’ role the field.

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Media Coverage of Transmission

FERC Allows References to State, Local Laws in Transmission Tariffs, FERC (May 15, 2014)

FERC Commissioner Norris Cites Transmission Need While Discussing Nuclear Fleet, FERC (May 15, 2014)

Cal-ISO director: While regional orders remain under FERC review, planning processes must advance, TransmissionHub (May 13, 2014)

Homeland Security Subcommittee Hearing Addresses Methods of Boosting the Electric Grid’s Resiliency Against EMP Interferences, TransmissionHub (May 9, 2014)

Azar To Developers: ‘Be Nimble’ In Light Of Generation And Technology Changes, Security Challenges, TransmissionHub (May 9, 2014)

Coal Retirements Pose Potential Power Problems, Morning Consult (May 4, 2014)

NERC CIP Version 5: Security In The Age Of Cyber Warfare, RenewGrid (April 21, 2014)

FERC to Convene a Technical Conference on the Reliability of the Bulk-Power System June 10, 2014

NV Energy Files for Approval to Participate in the California ISO Energy Imbalance Market, California ISO (April 16, 2014)

Domenici, Grumet: America's Energy Fortunes Depend On New Infrastructure, Houston Chronicle (April 14, 2014)

Strange Bedfellows: Environmental Groups, Transmission Developers Working Together on Renewable Energy Projects, Morning Consult (April 13, 2014)

Panelists Emphasize Need For Partnership Between Industry, Federal Government On Cyber, Physical Security, TransmissionHub (April 11, 2014)

TransmissionHub: More than $164bn in planned, under-construction transmission projects, TransmissionHub (April 9, 2014)

Gov't Says Report On Power Grid Threats Mishandled, AP (April 9, 2014)

U.S. Wind Energy Output Breaks Records, Thanks to Transmission Upgrades and New Wind Development, GWEC (April 7, 2014)

FERC Reveals Extent of U.S. Winter Power Crisis: Kemp, Reuters (April 4, 2014) [read the report]

U.S. Wind Energy Output Breaks Records, Thanks to Transmission Upgrades And New Wind Development, AWEA (April 3, 2014)

EEI Report Finds Increased Transmission Investment, Edison Electric Institute (March 27, 2014)

Agenda for FERC’s April 17 Meeting

Study Shows Californians Could Save Up To $1bn In Annual Generation Costs If New DC Line Connects State's Grid To Wyoming's Wind, TransmissionHub (March 25, 2014)

News Flash: FERC Issues NOPR On Natural Gas-Electric Scheduling Practices, TransmissionHub (March 21, 2014)

Industry Works on Making Grid More Resilient Through More Investment On Microgrids, Advancing Cyber Security, TransmissionHub (March 20, 2014)

Update: Cal-ISO Revises Draft 2013-2014 Transmission Plan, TransmissionHub (March 17, 2014)

Collaboration Between Incumbents, Nonincumbents Key In Competitive Processes - Panelists, TransmissionHub (March 17, 2014)

Actions from FERC’s March 20, 2014 Meeting [meeting summaries] [event details]

Investors Prefer To Spend Their Money On Existing Transmission, Not Proposed Lines, SNL (March 18, 2014)

Power Grid Preparedness Falls Short, Report Says, The New York Times (March 12, 2014)

New Jersey's largest utility to spend $6.8B through 2018 on transmission upgrades, PLATTS (March 7, 2014)

FERC Directs Development of Physical Security Standards, FERC (March 7, 2014)

Rapid Response: Future Unclear for Federal Efforts to Revamp Transmission Reviews, SNL (March 4, 2014)

Rapid Response: Despite rhetoric, Obama Struggles to Slash Red Tape for Power Lines, SNL (March 3, 2014)

Bipartisan Policy Center's Experts Publish Recommendations to Improve Preparedness for a Cyber Attack on the North American Electricity Grid [Press Release] (February 28, 2014) [Read the report] [Video]

Transmission a Topic as Governors, FERC Commissioners Meet, Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition (February 21, 2014)

Majority of Americans Support Transmission Investments, FierceSmartGrid (February 19, 2014)

Adequate Transmission Among Options to Better Integrate Renewable Energy to Grid, Says NREL, TransmissionHub (February 14, 2014)

Moody's Touts US FERC Transmission Rules in Highlighting Investment Shift, (February 6, 2014)

No ‘Ideal Solution’ When Planning Transmission – TransForum Texas Panel, TransmissionHub (February 3, 2014)

Obama Taps Bay for FERC Chief, The Hill (January 31, 2014)

NESCOE Seeks ISO-NE's Help in Advancing Development of Transmission Infrastructure, TransmissionHub (January 30, 2014)

Agenda for FERC’s February 20, 2014 Meeting

Acting Chair LaFleur: FERC to Focus on Infrastructure, Market, Reliability in 2014, TransmissionHub (January 28, 2014)

Energy Review to Focus on Transmission, Distribution — Policy Chief, Governors' Wind Energy Coalition (January 24, 2014)

PJM Exec: Nation Must Decide on Unanswered Policy Questions to Move Forward on Transmission, TransmissionHub (January 24, 2014)

ERCOT Targets West, South Texas for Transmission Investment as Oil, Gas Demands Increase (January 24, 2014)

New England Governors Start Push to Cut Cost of Power, Morning Sentinel (January 24, 2014)

Transmission and Energy Storage 2014 Outlook: The Macro and Micro Transformation of Electric Grids, (January 23, 2014)

$3.6 Billion In Transmission Improvements On Tap For ERCOT Grid, RenewGrid (January 22, 2014)
Decisions From FERC’s January 16, 2014 Meeting

Northwest Utilities Commit to Developing Projects to Enhance Regional Efficiency, TransmissionHub (January 17, 2014)