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Transmission Summit Aims to Bring Clarity to Future Transmission Expansion in the West


Transmission Summit Aims to Bring Clarity to Future Transmission Expansion in the West

Policymakers, utilities and independent transmission executives convene in San Diego to discuss the impacts of regionalization and regulation policies on transmission expansion

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Transmission Summit West, the premier conference for Western energy transmission, today announces its 10th Annual conference, to take place on September 12-14, 2018 at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA. The three-day event will host key utilities, regulators, renewable energy developers, policymakers, transmission executives and planners as they discuss the status of transmission across the West and how they can unblock the transmission bottleneck. This esteemed event is the only meeting in the US that delves into Western transmission planning and the opportunities for investment in the region.

The current transmission climate in the West is riddled with uncertainty. Recently, Peak Reliability announced its decision to end its Reliability Coordinator role, an energy bill to change CAISO's governance is in line for approval in California, and Wind and Solar power are being held back by regulatory policies and Western market design. The 10th Annual Transmission Summit West aims to provide a forum where key stakeholders convene to discuss the uncertainty plaguing transmission in the West and offer solutions that will help the industry move forward.

The Summit will feature seven panel-discussions which will provide valuable insights into the policy, regulatory and changing operational realities facing the industry. The panel discussions will be led by key industry leaders including Neil Millar, Executive Director, Infrastructure Development, CAISO; Pete Skala, Deputy Director, CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION; Charlie Reinhold, Project Manager, WESTCONNECT; Matt Lecar, Principal, FERC and ISO Relations, PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY; Kristine Raper, Commissioner, IDAHO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION; Patrick Damiano, President & CEO, COLUMBIAGRID; Laura Nelson, Energy Advisor, UTAH GOVERNOR'S OFFICE; Jordan A. White, Commissioner, PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF UTAH, and more.

The Summit will also include a Pre-Summit Executive Briefing in which utility executives and transmission planners will discuss such topics as how the utilities are using new IRP processes by states in the West, under what circumstances do NWAs present a viable economic solution to deferring major T&D investments, how are struggles with coordination of studies between regions being resolved, and more.

Participating organizations supporting the event include Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Arizona Corporation Commission, Portland General Electric, and CAISO.

"Great content, extremely knowledgeable speakers, beautifully designed conference, which allowed several opportunities for networking. I highly recommend it," said past attendee Sandeep Arora, LS Power Development, LLC.

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Event Contact:
Erin Dolleris

Press Contact:
Bri Smith
818-888-4445 ext. #52


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