The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) is meeting this Wednesday, August 16th at 9am for its monthly Business & Executive Session (B&E). Since there wasn't a July LPSC Meeting, the August agenda is packed! The Alliance is here to breakdown the energy items that matter to you so that you can stay informed and get engaged.
You'll want to tune in for the presentation on the Louisiana Climate Action Plan from the Governor’s Climate Initiatives Task Force (CITF). Many items in the Action Plan require significant LPSC engagement and this is the first time many of these folks are getting down to brass tacks in a public forum.
Do you ever wonder who is responsible for planning the high voltage transmission grid that provides power across a huge multi-state region including Louisiana? Well that is MISO, the Midcontinent System Operator, and regional transmission organization (RTO) for this whole region - andthey will be in New Orleans this month!
MISO is responsible for planning a reliable electric grid across 15 states. We in Louisiana are well aware of how important it is to have a reliable electric grid. Hurricane Ida and more recently, Winter Storm Elliott, were rude reminders about how important reliability is. Louisiana citizens are ready for a reliable electric grid that will keep the lights on, and provide access to renewable energy.
On July 25, the Midcontinent System Operator, also known as MISO, the regional transmission organization of which Louisiana is a member, approved the most extensive set of transmission projects to be approved in U.S. history.
The MISO Board of Directors' approval of Tranche 1 will result in more renewable energy projects and over 200,000 jobs. Approval of Tranche 1 is good news for everyone in the MISO footprint as it will encourage the transition to clean energy sources and increase grid reliability.
The projects approved are part of the Long Range Transmission Planning, aka LRTP.
Tranche 1 represents the first integration and includes 18 projects across the MISO Midwest subregion estimated at $10.3 billion