Smart Grid

Power, regulatory experts examine challenges to upgrading transmission system

Smart grid technologies have been touted as the future of the U.S. transmission system, but with a high price tag and steep regulatory hurdles, will these projects survive the down economy? During E&ETV's Special Report, "Powering the Future: The Road to a Smarter Grid," power and regulatory experts define and debate the critical issues facing the U.S. grid as it transitions to new technologies and increased renewable capacity. Industry experts weigh in on the funding and security challenges of smart grid. Interviews include: John DiStasio, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Peter Fox-Penner, Brattle Group; Katherine Hamilton, Quinn Gillespie & Associates; Maureen Harris, New York State Public Service Commission; Jim Hoecker, WIRES; Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation; Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute; Robin Lunt, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; Sue Sheridan, Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy; Matt Wakefield, Electric Power Research Institute; and Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.