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in my view (continued from p. 112)
Achieving full-grid parity and competing successfully on a level playing field
need to be the industry's goal.
In the long term, it is inevitable that
carbon constraints will lead utilities
to wind energy. The challenge is finding a path from here to there. Policies
like the PTc still provide an essential
driver for industry to continue its work
in improving performance and cost.
Policy instability could force domestic
wind manufacturers to pack up shop,
as many did in 2013 after the last PTc
expired, sacrificing the cost reductions and economies of scale that we've
worked so hard to achieve. To avoid the
uncertainty and disruption that occurs
with one-year extensions, congress

should extend the PTc for five years,
providing the wind industry with a path
to the 2020s, when carbon regulations
are scheduled to begin.
As readers of IEEE Power & Energy Magazine know, our transmission
system still needs major upgrades. The
good news is that annual transmission
investment is at record levels due to the
good work of regional transmission
planners, particularly in the Electric
reliability council of Texas, the Southwest Power Pool, and the Midcontinent
Independent System operator. The bad
news is that some people think the job
is done. States and utilities will need
to put together their clean Power Plan
compliance plans and work with re-

gional grid operators to plan and pay
for lines that will deliver the resources
needed for cost-effective compliance.
In the next phase of transmission expansion, interregional lines will likely
be critical. That will be a significant
challenge for the Federal Energy
regulatory commission (FErc), regional transmission organizations, and
utilities in much of the country. By no
means is this too hard, as FErc's order 1000 provides the needed policy
framework. This inevitable need for
more transmission is just one aspect of
the continual improvement that will get
the power sector to the clean, reliable,
and low-cost place it needs to be.
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