The Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS) has a long history of strong advocacy for a robust transmission grid and competitive wholesale electric markets that will bring real benefits to consumers. A stronger grid is needed for electric reliability and to enable utilities to meet their obligations to serve customers over the long term at reasonable costs. Many parties now recognize that a more robust grid is also essential to develop the nation’s renewable energy resources. The U.S. grid makes our electric system work. It must be planned and constructed to meet multiple needs.