The EIPC was awarded funding from The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2010 to to prepare analyses of transmission requirements under a broad range of alternative futures and develop long-term interconnection-wide transmission expansion plans in response to the alternative resource scenarios.
The DOE funding enabled EIPC to perform analysis and planning for the Eastern Interconnection in a transparent and collaborative manner, open to participation by state and federal officials, representatives from independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs), utilities, and relevant stakeholder bodies or non-government organizations (NGOs), including appropriate entities in Canada, with an approach to ensure consensus among stakeholders on key issues.
The Keystone Center is partnering with EIPC to facilitate its extensive stakeholder process within the Eastern Interconnection. The scenarios developed and technical analysis undertaken in this process will be reviewed and discussed in a forum open to all interested policy makers and stakeholders. The Keystone Center has conducted many dialogues and roundtable discussions to further the goal of more transparent and participatory government interaction, with the EIPC partnership being the latest example of Keystone’s “innovative public engagement.”
Charles River Associates (“CRA”) is partnering with EIPC to perform the economic modeling of the eight Futures in Phase I, and the production cost modeling of the alternate transmission options in Phase II. Many of the most important policy, regulatory, and commercial questions facing stakeholders in energy markets can only be addressed through rigorous analysis of possible market outcomes. CRA has developed proprietary analytic tools to help clients address these questions. With years of industry experience and exceptional strength in analytics, CRA consultants offer management and economic expertise in every phase of the electricity production cycle and have pioneered techniques and models that have become industry standards.
This work was divided into two phases. The work for Phase I, lasting from 2010 to 2011, consisted of aggregating regional transmission expansion plans into a Roll-up Report, performing interregional analyses, and conducting macroeconomic analyses on 8 Futures. Phase II, from 2012 to 2013, will comprise 3 transmission scenario analyses, including reliability and production cost modeling of alternate transmission options.
Task 0: Project Management (periodic)
Task 1: Initiate Project (Governance and Selection of SSC)
Task 2: Integrate Regional Plans (Roll-up Report)
Task 3: Production Cost Analysis for Roll-up Report (cancelled)
Task 4: Macroeconomic Futures Definition (SSC)
Task 5: Macroeconomic Analysis (Charles River Associates)
Task 6: Expansion Scenario Concurrence (and Phase I Report)
Task 7: Interregional Transmission Options Development
Task 8: Reliability Review
Task 9: Production Cost Analysis of Scenarios
Task 10: Generation and Transmission Cost Development
Task 11: Review of Results (and comment on draft report)
Task 12: Phase II Report