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Regional Planning and Federal Policy

Two of the most important entities involved with regional transmission planning are the Western Governors Association (WGA) and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).  These organizations constitute the primary structures through which much of the transmission policy and technical coordination occurs.  Additionally, the Regional Transmission Expansion Project (RTEP), funded by the Department of Energy, is a valuable undertaking expected to greatly improve the regional ability to plan for, and ultimately develop, new transmission.  The federal government can be a critically important partner, setting rules and regulations that address the fragmentation and uncertainty that characterizes the nation’s electricity sector.