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Harry Reid introduces sweeping legislation supporting ‘green’ electricity grid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has  introduced legislation that will overhaul the national electricity grid by  establishing “renewable energy zones”  that would become priority areas to receive national funding for new transmission lines.

The legislation  would bypass local regulators and allow the President to declare “renewable energy zones,” areas that have great potential to generate electricity from renewable resources but lack the high voltage transmission to bring the power to customers. For a power line project to be under the new federal siting authority it must make available 75%  of its transmission capacity to electricity from renewable energy sources.

Reid’s proposal would  give final say to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take land under eminent domain and issue construction permits if a project is determined to be stalled or killed by state action.

The proposal is likely to raise state’s rights issue. Reid said: “We cannot let 231 state regulators hold up progress. We are going to move beyond one state being able to hold up projects forever.”

As expected state utility regulators responded cautiously to Reid’s proposal.

Frederick Butler, chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, said in a statement  that a “Smart Grid can be successful provided we have federal and States governments working in concert with one another as partners, not working in contrast as adversaries.”

The smart grid legislation is one prong of a three-prong process that over the coming year will  also include legislation supporting a renewable portfolio standard and another establishing a cap-and-trade platform.  For more on this, see here.

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Senate confident it can meet Obama’s call for energy reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid outlined a three pronged strategy to pass President Obama’s call for sweeping energy legislation.

Reid said, the Senate would likely move first on legislation that would include a renewable portfolio standard, energy conservation measures and other regulatory meassures. For more on that, see here. Reid said, he was confident this legislation could make it for Senate consideration before the mid-April recess.

Second, would be a legislation overhauling the electric grid so it can effectively transports greater loads of clean energy. On that, earlier this week, at the National Clean Energy Project, Reid backed a federal permitting process that would trump local authorities.

The third and final legislation would be a a cap-and-trade regulation, which Obama in his speech on Tuesday, seemed to favor over a carbon tax.

Reid did not provide specifics on timing but maintained that the goal was to get the three legislations passed this year.

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Senate confident it can meet Obamas call for energy reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid outlined a three pronged strategy to pass President Obama’s call for sweeping energy legislation.

Reid said, the Senate would likely move first on legislation that would include a renewable portfolio standard, energy conservation measures and other regulatory meassures. For more on that, see here. Reid said, he was confident this legislation could make it for Senate consideration before the mid-April recess.

Second, would be a legislation overhauling the electric grid so it can effectively transports greater loads of clean energy. On that, earlier this week, at the National Clean Energy Project, Reid backed a federal permitting process that would trump local authorities.

The third and final legislation would be a a cap-and-trade regulation, which Obama in his speech on Tuesday, seemed to favor over a carbon tax.

Reid did not provide specifics on timing but maintained that the goal was to get the three legislations passed this year.

Go to Greenwire via The New York Times

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