Eastern Interconnection Grid Planning Authorities Announce SCC

The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) has announced the 29 members elected to serve as the EIPC stakeholder steering committee (SCC). The group will provide strategic input to the interconnection-wide transmission analysis and planning efforts established by the EIPC and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The stakeholder committee structure was developed through a series of discussions among consumers, environmentalists, electricity suppliers, transmission providers, energy service companies, public power entities, renewable energy interests, demand-response providers, and representatives of state, provincial and federal government.

Encompassing the broad geographic region from eastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, the EIPC is a grassroots effort being developed and led by 26 planning authorities from the U.S. and Canada to conduct transmission analyses at the interconnection level. An initial focus of the collaborative effort will be the roll-up, integration and analysis of existing regionally developed plans.

In December 2009, DOE selected the EIPC to receive $16 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds to support the development of an interconnection-wide transmission planning process.

For a list of the newly elected SSC, visit eipconline.com.

SOURCE: The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative

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