October 09, 2014
Environmental advocates, utility executives, regulators and policymakers will discuss how to modernize the region's transmission grid for a cleaner and more sustainable energy future at the Tulane Gulf Coast Electricity Transmission Summit from 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m., Oct. 16 in the Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room, Weinmann Hall 110, at 6329 Freret St.
The summit will feature panel discussions on adapting the grid for greener power sources like wind and solar and compliance with new federal air quality standards. It will also cover how the state’s utilities will prepare to join the larger regional Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) power grid, which stretches from the Gulf Coast to Canada.
The summit features keynotes by Curt Hébert, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center Project on Grid Modernization, and Eric Skrmetta, Louisiana Public Service Commission president.
“Louisiana is adding almost $70 billion in new industrial capacity which will place new demands on our power system,” says Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute. “Our state has an enviable ability to generate large quantities of power from low-carbon sources, but participation in MISO, the new regional transmission system, means some of that power will go to other states that are historically more dependent on coal. That means we’ll have to invest more in transmission so that Gulf Coast power can support local economic growth and be shared with our neighbors.”
Regulators and utility executives will also discuss how the electricity industry will comply with new EPA air quality mandates to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent, Smith said.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, Tulane Law School, A. B. Freeman School of Business and the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering. Registration is available online at http://cleanenergytransmission.org/gulf-coast-electricity-transmission-summit/.
This story first appeared at tulane.edu.