25 Jul '11, 1pm

Renewable Energy May Get a Boost from New Electric Grid Rules

New rules passed last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may spur the renewable energy sector to grow even faster than current trends, while also bringing clean energy to regions and customers that have historically been dependent on fossil fuel-based power. "The impact is pretty big," said Gene Grace, senior counsel with the American Wind Energy Association . "It has the potential to be somewhat of a game-changer in terms of planning and cost allocation." Existing power lines run from where electricity is generated -- power plants -- to where it is distributed and consumed, and in many cases were originally built and maintained by the same utility. Renewable energy is typically generated in remote regions, requiring new transmission lines that are connected to the grid. The new FERC rules will force transmission planning to be done by a larger number of regi...

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