The NYT’s Matt Wald is back, pimping for the ÜberGrid. Matt tells us all about the new EIPC “hypothetical” nationalized grid wet dream, but he doesn’t tell us the fact we most need to know. Who is EIPC? No, it’s not a government agency. No, it’s not an independent committee. In fact, it is a joint propaganda push by the biggest power companies and RTOs in the North American Eastern Interconnection to create political momentum for creating a national bulk transmission grid, to follow up on Dick Cheney’s and Kenny Lay’s 2001 secret energy task force.
What’s the matter, Mr. Wald. Didn’t you think this news was fit to print?
The EIPC was initiated by a coalition of regional Planning Authorities (see list below).. These Planning Authorities are entities listed on the NERC compliance registry as Planning Authorities and represent the entire Eastern Interconnection.The EIPC will provide a grass-roots approach which builds upon the regional expansion plans developed each year by regional stakeholders in collaboration with their respective NERC Planning Authorities. This approach will provide coordinated interregional analysis for the entire Eastern Interconnection guided by the consensus input of an open and transparent stakeholder process.
The EIPC received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2010 to initiate a broad-based, transparent collaborative process to involve interested stakeholders in the development of policy futures for transmission analysis. Learn more about the DOE-funded project.
The Stakeholder Steering Committee (SSC) is the body of stakeholder representatives that works collaboratively to inform and provide input on the EIPC’s efforts. Learn more about the SSC.
- Alcoa Power Generating
- American Transmission Company
- Duke Energy Carolinas
- Electric Energy Inc.
- Entergy *
- LGE/KU (Louisville/Kentucky Utilities)
- Florida Power & Light
- Georgia Transmission Corporation
- IESO (Ontario, Canada)
- International Transmission Company
- ISO-New England *
- JEA (Jacksonville, Florida)
- MAPPCOR *
- Midwest ISO *
- Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia
- New Brunswick System Operator
- New York ISO *
- PJM Interconnection *
- PowerSouth Energy Coop
- Progress Energy – Carolinas
- Progress Energy – Florida
- South Carolina Electric & Gas
- Santee Cooper
- Southern Company *
- Southwest Power Pool
- Tennessee Valley Authority *
See all that talk about “transparent,” “stakeholders” and “grassroots”? That is corporate mumbo jumbo of the first order. Ain’t nothing grassroots about EIPC. Mr. Wald should go back to reporter school. You don’t write an article and leave out all the important names. Unless you are trying to hide something.
Mr. Wald must have a collection of cliched canards about “our failing grid” that he rotates through these stories of his. This time it was “balkanization,” “resource nationalism” and hoary quotes for a former Secretary of Energy. So, let’s take a trip in time back to 2003.
Mr. Wald, why did a tree branch shorting out a transmission line lead to blackouts from Toronto to NYC? Because of the increased interconnection of transmission across the Eastern Interconnection. And you want more of that?
You don’t have to look any further than Co-op City in New York to see real grid reliability. And it doesn’t involve new bulk transmission lines or a new ÜberGrid.
Of course, here’s the clincher in Mr. Wald’s story:
“We said, ‘Here’s what we could do,’ ” he said. “We haven’t said how we would pay for it.”
We know the answer to that one, and it won’t be the stockholders of the companies who control EIPC.