United States with concerns action research proposal existing and proposed transmission lines. While transmission lines can be a good way to maintain reliable electric service in some instances, far too often major new lines are proposed because of the tremendous profits they can produce.
This website summarizes the key issues associated with major transmission lines along with strategies for defeating poorly conceived projects. Defeating Bad Transmission Line Projects When CEDS first became involved in these cases we intensively researched how citizens fared in transmission line battles throughout the USA. Citizens generally lost when they fought with just lawyers and experts, but the probability of success tripled when legal action was coupled with an aggressive political strategy. Combining aggressive political action with Smart Legal Strategies – another CEDS innovation – further increases the probability of success. This approach dramatically increases the likelihood citizens will win transmission line cases. 500 kilovolt backbone line originally supposed to run 230 miles from Virginia, through Maryland and Delaware, to end in New Jersey.
When CEDS began assisting citizens with MAPP in late 2008, State officials were all of the same opinion – the transmission line was urgently needed to keep the lights on. 400,000 for just expert witness testimony in transmission line cases. MAPP was put on hold by the State agencies for four months and the Delaware portion was indefinitely postponed. For a more complete description of successes thus far and why we are confident our clients concerns will be resolved, see the MAPP section below. A critical component of Politically Oriented Advocacy is not just opposing something but coming up with a way that makes things better.
CEDS prepared a map and table showing the location and outcome of ten of the recent transmission line campaigns we researched. To view the map and table click the following text: Recent Transmission Successes. Keeping Routing Studies Honest How do you ensure that a transmission line routing siting study fairly analyze all reasonable alignments to identify the best option? Well, the first step is to understand how an analysis can be manipulated to select the route the applicant prefers vs. With this understanding you can determine if the analysis was honest. And if not prove it to decision-makers. CEDS has created the Siting Game for your use in understanding how siting factors and other analysis variables can be manipulated to make one route appear preferable.
The Excel-based Siting Game is posted at: ceds. The Game consists of 17 siting factors common to transmission line proposals and begins with values assigned to six candidate routes. When you have a moment try altering the siting factor values to see how easily one of the six candidate routes can be made to appear preferable to the other five. To learn more about how these analyses work and how to keep them honest, see the Siting Game Excel worksheet labeled How the Siting Game Works. State action on certain transmission line projects. Court of Appeals which restricted backstop authority to instances where a state fails to act within one year.
In other words, if a state denies a NIETC transmission line for legitimate reasons, then FERC backstop authority cannot be used to reverse the denial. Need for New Transmission Lines New transmission lines are usually justified with projections showing that the service area faces an imminent threat of blackouts or other electricity problems. After reviewing the findings from numerous independent evaluations of these projections, it is clear to CEDS that the threat is frequently overstated. Following are a couple of the more common shortcomings. Flawed Growth Projections: This shortcoming results from reliance upon outdated electricity use projections based on long term trends showing continued growth well into the future.
This trend is likely to continue due to increased efficiency caused by higher prices as well as state initiatives increasing demand-response and energy conservation. Even as the economy rebounds it is unlikely that growth in electricity use will return to pre-2002 levels. And it is peak-demand which generally drives the supposed need for new transmission lines. Good utility planning practice dictates the use of not only accurate electricity use projections but sound modeling. However, the applicant need analyses we’ve reviewed frequently show several bad planning practices.