AEP, Sunflower execs urge FERC to require grid planners to identify renewable energy zones

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Grid planners should identify “renewable energy zones” and plan transmission lines to reach those areas, utility officials and other panelists said Monday at a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission technical conference.

Planners should also consider multiple scenarios to develop long-range transmission plans that will would meet future needs, according to panelists at the conference.

“We should identify these areas early enough … to avoid missing out on opportunities in generation development and proactively identifying optimal transmission for customers to save money,” said Al Tamini, Sunflower Electric Power Corp. vice president of transmission planning, policy and compliance.

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