The Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS) announced today that Terry Huval will assume the role of Executive Director of the industry organization on September 9, 2020. Huval served as Director of Utilities for Lafayette Utilities System in Lafayette, Louisiana for 24 years before retiring in 2018. In addition to leading the utility, he was
Inclusive Joint Transmission Ownership Arrangements: An Effective Means to Getting Needed Transmission Sited and Built
There is general consensus that to deliver renewable energy to load, maintain electric reliability, and promote greater wholesale electric competition, we need to expand the U.S. transmission grid, as recognized in FERC’s Order 1000. In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress recognized the need to spur new transmission construction by, among other things, enacting
The interstate transmission grid needs billions of dollars of new investment to provide essential reliability and to make competitive electricity markets work. Over the last twenty years, investment in transmission has fallen increasingly behind previous levels. There are a number of reasons for this failure to invest, including regulatory uncertainty, unpopularity of siting, retail rate freezes, cost responsibility disputes, internal competition for capital in vertically integrated utilities and fear of competition. We must reverse this trend and take steps that will get needed new transmission built promptly at reasonable cost. This White Paper proposes a comprehensive set of structural changes and regulatory actions to remedy this critical problem.
The Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS) is pleased to announce that John Twitty will become its first Executive Director, effective July 1, 2011. Additionally, Thomas J. Heller, CEO of Missouri River Energy Services, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors. He succeeds Roy Thilly, former President and CEO at WPPI Energy, who has retired.