ITC provides all generation resources with non-discriminatory access to its transmission systems, and we support a national Renewable Portfolio Standard as this would provide clarity for broad-based, regional planning.
As the nation’s energy picture changes – driven by the sources of energy and where it needs to go to serve customers – supportive transmission infrastructure needs to be part of the planning equation.
As the profile of renewable energy grows, the power transmission grid that supports its delivery to load centers – which can be hundreds of miles away from the source – must be modernized.
The intermittent nature of renewable resources like wind and solar necessitates a robust transmission grid that can better support these types of generation. Additional transmission infrastructure including interconnections, substations and new or upgraded lines are required to support renewable energy development.
Transmission infrastructure typically takes much longer to develop than renewable generation, so the planning of these interdependent components needs to be closely coordinated.