Expanding the U.S. Electric Transmission and Distribution Grid to Meet Deep Decarbonization Goals

Michael B. Gerrard & John Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (2018 from ELI) Forthcoming

Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 47, 2017

18 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2017

Date Written: September 6, 2017

Abstract

This Article, excerpted from Michael B. Gerrard & John Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (forthcoming in 2018 from ELI), addresses the critical role of the electric transmission and distribution grid in achieving deep decarbonization, and discusses the primary federal and state laws that govern expanding the grid. Although significant legal and political barriers exist to creating the new transmission necessary to meet deep decarbonization goals, there are public law and nonpublic law tools available to surmount these barriers. Moreover, technology developments in energy storage, demand response, distributed energy resources, and the smart grid can both improve the existing grid and reduce the extent of grid expansion required for deep decarbonization.

Keywords: electric transmission lines, climate change, decarbonization, deep decarbonization, land use, public utility commissions, federal power act, federal energy regulatory commission, eminent domain, takings, land use, electric grid, wind energy, energy storage, public lands, electric utilities, departme

Suggested Citation

Klass, Alexandra B., Expanding the U.S. Electric Transmission and Distribution Grid to Meet Deep Decarbonization Goals (September 6, 2017). Michael B. Gerrard & John Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (2018 from ELI) Forthcoming; Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 47, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3033829 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3033829

Alexandra B. Klass (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota Law School ( email )

229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
612-625-0155 (Phone)

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