Washington, D.C., Mar. 7, 2006 — The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) filed comments in response to a US Department of Energy (DOE) public inquiry on National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.
AWEA commented on the DOE’s draft criteria for establishing such corridors, and provided specific transmission plans that they believe qualify for corridor designation by DOE.
“The six renewable energy groups listed on the filing are pleased to provide specific plans to access the nation’s vast wind resources that are currently blocked by transmission bottlenecks. There is clearly a national interest in accessing these wind-rich areas. The Energy Policy Act provided for such areas to be designated as corridors,” said AWEA policy director Rob Gramlich.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 directed DOE to designate “national interest electric transmission corridors” based on the need for reasonable priced electricity, larger and more diverse energy supply, and energy independence, national defense, and homeland security.