The 10th annual publication of EEI's Transmission Projects: At A Glance report highlights a cross-section of more than 150 major transmission projects that EEI member companies completed in 2015 or have planned over the next four years. These featured projects, which represent only a portion of the total transmission investment that EEI's member companies anticipate through 2019, total approximately $41 billion.
Transmission investments are driven by a number of factors, including enhancements to reliability, replacement of aging infrastructure, grid resiliency and modernization, economic and market efficiency, and public policy requirements.
"The electric power industry is making substantial investments to modernize the energy grid and to build the transmission needed to connect new clean sources of generation and reduce system congestion," said David Owens, EEI executive vice president, business operations group and regulatory affairs. "There are many financial risks associated with transmission construction, so the permitted return on equity for transmission projects is an important factor when determining the viability of new projects. It is important that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recognize that adequate return on investment is critically important to investment in transmission projects."
You can view the full report here.
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly and indirectly employ more than one million workers. EEI has dozens of international electric companies as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
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SOURCE Edison Electric Institute