NEMA publishes siting transmission corridors

Rosslyn, Va., September 28, 2010 — The National Electrical Manufacturers Association published Siting Transmission Corridors, a roadmap that explores the intricacies of the administrative processes involved in connecting renewable energy sources to the electrical grid.

Transmission corridors are the land over which wires and other connections traverse. They are the means by which traditional and renewable energy sources will be transported from remote locations to areas where energy is needed most.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, Siting Transmission Corridors lays bare the massiveness of the effort to attain energy independence.

“Everyone wants to harness the energy from wind, sun, earth, and tides, but moving it can be problematic. Transmission corridors are the means by which energy moves from source to destination. They are integral to the creation of a sustainable energy portfolio, job growth, and economic opportunity. The real life challenge of Siting Transmission Corridors can take years of skillful navigation with millions of dollars on the line,” Gaddis said.

While energy entrepreneurs, transmission developers, public utilities, legislatures, and regulators often differ on siting specifics, they agree that load growth, construction permits, wildlife protection, property rights, and other concerns must be addressed before lines can be built.

Loosely based on Hasbro’s Chutes and Ladders, Siting Transmission Corridors charts the bureaucratic maze involved in navigating Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other government regulations, environmental considerations, court challenges and the impacts of physical construction.

“NEMA is a strong proponent of a national siting policy and supports legislation that designates FERC as the lead agency for conducting environmental reviews. A clear nationwide transmission line siting process would streamline current practices, facilitate construction, create domestic jobs, and expedite transmission corridors necessary for delivering clean and renewable energy,” Gaddis said.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its nearly 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity.

These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The NEMA Lamp Section is comprised of 15 manufacturers of all types of lamps (light bulbs).

Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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