TUE NOVEMBER 26, 2013
“We start from a position that those who stand to benefit from a transmission project in service of their public policy goals,” said Johnson, “that they should fund the project.”
Johnson is worried about the impact on electric rates if the new projects are built. He points out that new transmission lines to carry electricity to the south would run through states that most likely don’t need the power.
Barbara Kates-Garnick is undersecretary for energy for Massachusetts. She said all the New England states should help pay, because the benefits such as reaching greenhouse gas reduction goals are shared regionally. “It’s an easier way to give a signal to the marketplace in many respects by having an allocation plan that is regional,” Kates-Garnick said.
The proposal being debated in the region is to share 70 percent of a project’s cost regionally, with 30 percent borne by ratepayers in the state that would use the power. The question will ultimately be decided by federal regulators.
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