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The Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition is a leading source for news, policy, research, and education on electricity transmission competition.

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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FERC Does Not Have the Record to Support Their Anti-Transmission Competition NOPR

September 19, 2022

The ETCC filed reply comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling on the Commission to to abandon its proposals to establish new federal Rights of First Refusal for jointly-owned facilities and right-sizing, reject calls for more expansive ROFRs, and firmly and unquestionably embrace competition.

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ETCC: Fifth Circuit Holds Right of First Refusal Laws Violate Dormant Commerce Clause in Victory for Consumers

August 31, 2022

Paul Cicio, Chair of the Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on the constitutionality of right of first refusal laws in Texas.

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ICYMI: U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Urge FERC to Preserve Robust Competitive Wholesale Electricity Markets

August 18, 2022

In a joint comment submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) on transmission planning, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urged FERC not to restore a right of first refusal (ROFR).

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ETCC: FERC Cannot Provide Just and Reasonable Electricity Rates Without Robust Transmission Competition

August 17, 2022

The ETCC has called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to require transmission competition for projects that are 100 kV or larger, and fulfill its mandate to provide affordable and reliable energy to households and businesses.

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ETCC Responds to Report by Incumbent Monopoly Utilities

August 16, 2022

The ETCC released a statement in response to a new, misleading report being touted by incumbent monopoly utilities, which makes false claims about the transmission competition and – by its own admission – uses data with limited transparency.

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ETCC: In Response to Electricity Price Inflation Increase of 15.2%, FERC Must Support Electricity Transmission Competition to Lower Consumer Costs

August 10, 2022

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for July measured annualized electricity services inflation at 15.2%, an increase of 1.6% over the month of June, outpacing overall CPI. Even as energy commodity prices drop, the savings are not being passed on to consumers.

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ETCC Urges Secretary Granholm to Support Electricity Transmission Competition to Fight Inflation

August 2, 2022

The ETCC has sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm urging her to support electricity transmission competition to fight inflation. In addition to the Inflation Reduction Act, FERC has an opportunity to reduce electricity price inflation

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ETCC: In Response to Electricity Price Inflation Increase of 13.7%, FERC Chairman Glick Must Support Electricity Transmission Competition to Lower Consumer Costs

July 13, 2022

The Consumer Price Index for June measured annualized electricity services inflation at 13.7%, an increase of 1.7% over the month of May. In response, the ETCC calls on FERC to embrace electricity transmission competition.

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Statement from ETCC Chair Paul Cicio on NYISO’s New, Competitively Bid Empire State Line Project

July 12, 2022

Statement from Paul Cicio, Chair of the ETCC,  on the July 11 commissioning of NextEra Energy Transmission’s Empire State Transmission Line.

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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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Press Release: Consumers Urge Senator Lankford to Follow the Example of Oklahoma on Transmission Competition

May 23, 2022

The ETCC urges Oklahoma Senator James Lankford to support policies that promote competition in electricity transmission nationally.

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Press Release: Consumers Urge Congress to Support Competition to Combat Inflation and Reduce Consumer Costs

May 9, 2022

The ETCC has sent letters to the Chairman and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committees, calling on them to embrace electricity transmission competition.

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Press Release: Consumers Say FERC’s Proposed Rule Abandons Electricity Transmission Competition

April 27, 2022

Statement from ETCC Chair Paul Cicio on FERC’s Proposed Rule which abandons electricity transmission competition and supports monopoly incumbent electric utilities.

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Press Release: ETCC Statement on FERC Meeting on Transmission Reform

April 21, 2022

Statement from ETCC Chair Paul Cicio on FERC meeting on transmission reform.

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Press Release: West Virginia Consumer and Business Groups Join ETCC to Urge Senator Manchin to Support Transmission Competition

May 12, 2022

The West Virginia Manufacturing Association and the West Virginia Energy Users Group joined the ETCC in calling on Senator Joe Manchin to support electricity transmission.

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Press Release: ETCC Urges DOE Secretary to Champion Competition

April 19, 2022

ETCC urges Secretary Jennifer Granholm to champion electricity transmission competition.

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April 12, 2022

ETCC urges Senator Manchin (D-WV) to include transmission competition in his legislative agenda.

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Press Release: Defeat of Wisconsin Assembly Bill 892

March 10, 2022

ETCC applauds defeat of Wisconsin Assembly Bill 892 which would have prevented electricity transmission project competition and led to higher electricity prices.

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Press Release: Minnesota Anti-Competitive Law

February 24, 2022
ETCC applauds Minnesota Senate bill to eliminate law which gives preferential treatment to the incumbent utility, restricting competition and innovation.
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ETCC Reply Comments to FERC

November, 2021

ETCC’s Reply Comments in response to FERC’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding regional transmission planning.
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ETCC Comments to FERC

October, 2021

ETCC’s  Comments in response to FERC’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding regional transmission planning, regional cost allocation, and generation interconnection processes.

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ETCC Letter to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

August, 2021

ETCC urges Representatives to protect electric ratepayers in any electric transmission infrastructure legislation, including H.R. 3684.

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Press Release: ETCC Urges FERC to Support Competition

October 12, 2021

ETCC urges FERC to support competition on electricity transmission projects to reduce costs to ratepayers.

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Princeton Net Zero Study

December, 2020

A study by Princeton University on the investments needed for the United States to reach its goal of net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.
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Cost Savings Offered by Competition in Electric Transmission – Brattle Report

April, 2019
The Brattle Group finds advancing competition in transmission can help increase the value of the investments and provide more transparency into transmission costs.