FERC commissioner outlines ways to boost grid

By Zach Bright | 05/01/2024 07:04 AM EDT

Allison Clements wrote to Democratic lawmakers about efforts to upgrade the U.S. power system.

Allison Clements.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Allison Clements. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs to advance a rule to help roll out grid upgrades across the U.S. power system, Commissioner Allison Clements told several Democratic lawmakers in a letter Tuesday.

The message from Clements, who’s also a Democrat, went to four lawmakers — Sens. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Angus King (I-Maine), and Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.). The lawmakers asked FERC in March to promote grid-enhancing technologies to relieve “a lack of transmission capacity” and bring more clean energy online.

The Biden administration needs all the emissions-free power it can get to achieve its goal of a zero-carbon U.S. grid by 2035.


In her letter, Clements said FERC should “prioritize issuing and finalizing a proposal” to consider requiring the use of dynamic line ratings that can help power flow more efficiently.