Transmission infrastructure development is fundamental to the successful build-out of large-scale renewable energy production and other sources of cleaner, advanced energy production in the Midwest. The level of transmission build-out needed to support deployment of cleaner energy will require multiple jurisdictions and authorities to coordinate and collaborate. A robust, reliable and cost-effective transmission system can be achieved through coordination and cooperation at the state, regional and federal levels and through engagement of key stakeholders to provide guidance on policy development and implementation.
Several prominent stakeholder groups have worked to encourage and achieve the build-out of interstate transmission lines yet significant challenges remain at the state, regional and federal levels. These groups provide broad-based support for taking action and a foundation for policy development and implementation. Stakeholders can build on completed work and efforts in progress and identify key policy drivers, such as a proposed multi-state project, to move from policy recommendations to policy implementation and ultimately infrastructure deployment.