ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION COMPETITION COALITION

Advancing common-sense policies to ensure that new investment in transmission projects are competitively bid, reducing electricity costs for all ratepayers.
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Electricity Transmission Project Competition Is Essential

The Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition is committed to increasing competition in America’s electricity transmission infrastructure to meet the United States’ net-zero carbon emission goals while providing savings to ratepayers.

Electricity transmission competition has support from the Biden Administration, as well as Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. ETCC represents a diverse group of more than 70 companies and organizations from 48 states that all advocate for increased competition.
If the U.S. is to meet its net-zero carbon emission goal by 2050, we need to expand electricity transmission by 60% by 2030 and triple it by 2050. Electricity transmission competition can help us achieve these goals while saving money for ratepayers.
The continued expansion of electrification requires substantial investment in electric transmission, which represents the fastest growing cost for consumers – to the tune of $800B by 2035. ETCC supports the goal of reducing carbon emissions and firmly asserts that capital spending in the private sector should be done as efficiently as possible to minimize the impact of costs to consumers.
Studies show that the current level of competition in electric transmission has been limited, with only 3% of transmission projects subject to competition. Policymakers should reject policies that give preferential treatment to incumbent monopoly utilities.
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Competition Cuts Costs

Requiring competition in building out the transmission grid leads to competitively priced transmission projects, construction of projects that meet reliability requirements, and ensures that transmission investments are market-driven.
/ KEY FINDINGS

Competition Cuts Costs

Requiring competition in building out the transmission grid leads to competitively priced transmission projects, construction of projects that meet reliability requirements, and ensures that transmission investments are market-driven.


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What People Are Saying

State commissions, federal agencies, trade associations, consumer groups, and environmental advocates agree that transmission competition is needed to ensure the creation of cost-effective and efficient transmission projects.

"FERC’s transmission planning and interconnection policies should continue to support robust competition and should temper the ability of incumbent transmission providers to expand their monopoly control over the electric grid."
-National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
“Given the existing, and increasing, financial burden on transmission customers, it is imperative that oversight of transmission spending effectively ensures that customers do not pay for suboptimal, unnecessary, or imprudent projects."
-California Public Utilities Commission
“Enhancing opportunities for competition is another important step in ensuring a cost-effective development of the transmission grid.”
-The Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (“D.C. People’s Counsel”)
“Competition for constructing new transmission infrastructure, if implemented as ETCC recommends, will produce the innovation, cost discipline, and accountability on which just and reasonable rates can be derived.”
-Resale Power Group of Iowa
“Eliminating competitive carve-outs that enable regulatory evasion under Order No. 1000 should be prioritized, and R Street supports the comments of the Electric Transmission Competition Coalition in this proceeding.”
-R Street Institute
“The Commission should move forward aggressively to eliminate the absolute power held by incumbent public utilities to prevent competition in the development of new transmission through rights-of-first-refusal or other anti-competitive measures that prevent competition for new transmission development.”
-Industrial Customer Organizations
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News & Resources

The Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition is a leading source for news, policy, research, and education on electricity transmission competition.
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Consumers Urge Congress to Fight Electricity Price Inflation by Supporting Electricity Transmission Competition in FERC Transmission NOPR

June 23, 2022

The ETCC sent letters to the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Finance, calling on them to embrace electricity transmission competition.

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Press Release: ETCC: Electricity Consumer Price Index Increases 12%, Confirms that FERC Chairman Glick Should Embrace, Not Oppose Electricity Transmission Competition

June 10, 2022

The ETCC calls on FERC and Chairman Glick to embrace competition as the CPI for May measured electricity services at 12%, outpacing overall CPI.  

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Press Release: Latest MISO Transmission Proposal Could Make Electricity Price Inflation Even Worse

May 26, 2022

The ETCC condemns MISO’s new proposal for a multi-state transmission project that is not subject to competition, missing out on billions in savings.

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