Policy Suggestions from the Transmission Summit
- Address concerns about shifting costs from energy recipients to
- Should a multi-state compact be formed to address transmission? What
is the role of FERC in this? What are the roles of Southwest Power
Pool (SPP) and Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO)?
- The interstate highway system was built with federal taxes. Should
there be an equivalent of an interstate transmission system funded by
a federal tax on all electrical transmission?
- Consider the possibility of placing an excise tax (a severance tax?)
on wind energy leaving the state. The state is currently moving to
provide incentives rather than imposing taxes.
- The two big issues are flowgates and wind potential. There are
constraints currently on moving fossil fuel generated power (flowgates).
Would a national tax fund both or just wind energy transmission?
- An export tax could be used to fund transmission versus sending the
taxes to the general fund. Such a tax would make Kansas less
competitive economically, but it would provide an incentive (and the
ability) for wind energy builders to move forward.
- Evaluate the divestiture of transmission lines to a separate
transmission company as carried out in other states and the
applicability in Kansas.
Charge to the Task Force
The TTF is tasked to:
- Identify capacities, needs, limitations, and opportunities in the
Kansas electric transmission grid
- Determine the reliability of the Kansas grid to disruption and
- Recommend solutions to removing constraints, developing transmission
capacity, and ensuring reliability of the transmission grid in Kansas
Among the questions are some that are specific to Kansas:
- What are the major intrastate transmission corridors (e.g., Wolf
Creek to Wichita, Jeffries to Salina, Jeffries to Topeka, etc.), what
is the existing capacity on those corridors, what is the peak
intrastate generating/transmission demand on those lines, and where
are the gates on those lines?
- What intrastate transmission corridors are needed which are
currently missing or inadequate (e.g., Spearville to Wichita)? What
capacity is required?
- What major interstate transmission corridors cross Kansas? Which
intrastate corridors do they utilize? What is the peak net flux of
power through the state on those corridors, and how does that impact
our interstate transmission capacity?
- When can we expect that any of our intrastate corridors will be
over-utilized due to either intrastate or interstate transmission
- How is the siting of new generation in Kansas -- both fossil and
renewable -- impacting the need for new intrastate transmission?
- Is Kansas at risk of what happened in the Northeast? If so, why and
how soon? What are the effects of Kansas being a net exporter of
electricity? What are the impacts of developing intrastate
The TTF will set its own schedule and timetable as
necessary to meet its charge. However, a progress report will be due
for presentation to SERCC at the November 19, 2003 meeting.
Review charter, discuss technical, economic and
Brainstorm sources of information and analysis techniques;
Determine a principal focus area for each member,
assure at least two members for each area;
Agree on work to be performed before the next meeting;
Agree on protocols for communication, use of outside
resources, interface with SERCC agree on next two meeting dates.
October 28 (proposed)
Summarize major findings from available information,
presentation from each focus area
Identify areas of difficulty and share ideas
Agree on expected content of November 19 progress
report to SERCC
Follow-up contacts with individual members Oct.29 – Nov. 7
Circulate draft progress report for
SERCC November 11
Comments due on draft
Chair reports to SERCC
Nov. 20 proposed
Membership and organization
TTF is tasked with developing and evaluating policy recommendations
that are based on technical, economic, and political considerations.
The Task Force should be composed largely of members who are
knowledgeable of electricity transmission issues and who can review
and interpret technical and economic information and formulate policy
recommendations. The TTF is expected to establish subcommittees and
draw on whatever outside expertise necessary to achieve their goals