The nation’s governors are advancing new ways to develop transmission that will bring more renewable energy into the market and support businesses in their states. State Strategies for Accelerating Transmission Development for Renewable Energy, and the accompanying white paper, examines successful state efforts governors can use to accelerate transmission development for renewable energy to help meet a variety of energy diversity, economic development and environmental goals.

Over the next decade, demand for electricity generated from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal will drive the need for new transmission capacity. Transmission developers have proposals to meet that new demand, but the planning, siting, financing and cost allocation of transmission lines present challenges to governors and other policymakers. Generation facilities that are fueled by renewable energy resources are often remotely located, and building transmission lines that bring the electricity they generate to market can require the involvement of multiple state and federal players, increasing those challenges.

To help overcome those obstacles, states are developing strategies to improve project coordination and reduce uncertainty and delays in bringing renewable energy to market.