- Nov 24, 2021 4:57 pm GMT
Reagan-era House Speaker Tip O’Neill (D-MA) said “All politics is local” https://lnkd.in/gKj2ZbEJ and that’s why no federal level mandate for EHV transmission routing and permitting will work.
The people of Maine do NOT want a major power line in their proverbial “backyard” even after certain stakeholders spent nearly $100MM to convince them of the benefits.
Now, like in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, we are told that FERC needs a federal level siting authority for “national interest” transmission lines. Even current FERC Chairman Glick is not so sure…
“Legislation expanding federal authority over transmission siting would not be a silver bullet, capable of solving the challenges ahead for building out the grid to accommodate federal and state climate goals, the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said June 30.(2021).
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