Meeting Transmission and Distribution Policies for a Project Driven Future - Interview with: Stephen Conant, Senior Vice President for Project Development, Anbaric Transmission
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Stephen Conant, a speaker at the marcus evans Transmission & Distribution Summit 2012, discusses the key conditions needed for attaining low cost and reliable power delivery. ...

Stephen Conant, a speaker at the marcus evans Transmission & Distribution Summit 2012, discusses the key conditions needed for attaining low cost and reliable power delivery.
Interview with: Stephen Conant, Senior Vice President for Project Development, Anbaric Transmission

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Meeting Transmission and Distribution Policies for a Project Driven Future - Interview with: Stephen Conant, Senior Vice President for Project Development, Anbaric Transmission Meeting Transmission and Distribution Policies for a Project Driven Future - Interview with: Stephen Conant, Senior Vice President for Project Development, Anbaric Transmission Document Transcript

  • Meeting Transmission and DistributionPolicies for a Project Driven Future available. In New England there is not projects that meet public policy criteria one customer large enough to sign long- or provide for market efficiency. term contracts at the scale needed to construct transmission, so the states Is there any further advice you are developing a joint procurement to would like to share? meet common public policy objectives. We need government policies that Stricter environmental regulations, as support a long-term view for US based well as low natural gas prices are fuel supplies and reliable transmission. pushing coal plants toward closure. The US electric industry has a crisis- Consequently, natural gas is becoming driven history, since the great north- the dominant electric fuel in New east blackout of November 9, 1965. The England. This creates concern about the stakes are now higher and global inInterview with: Stephen Conant, vulnerability of the grid to the loss of scale. Energy efficiency, conservation, aSenior Vice President for Project gas supply. Hence, government policy diversity of fuels supply, and a reliableDevelopment, Anbaric Transmission and action to build transmission to transmission grid are essential to address the need for fuel diversity and meeting our 21st century challenges. price stability is needed now before a Low price cannot be the only driving“There are substantial renewable crisis pushes them to act. factor.energy sources in northeastern US andeastern Canada, but to get them What are the key conditions forto market, new transmission attaining low cost and reliableinfrastructure must be built to satisfy power delivery? Policies anddemand driven by public policy,” saysStephen Conant, Senior Vice President Market competition drives down price,for Project Development, Anbaric but if price is the only factor, we run the projectsTransmission. Private market investors risk of one fuel source dominating thecan be approached to support these market. In this case intervention intoprojects, he adds. the market may be needed to ensure that low cost is not driving the industryA speaker at the marcus evansTransmission & Distribution Summit2012, in Dallas, Texas, November into a more volatile state. Development of renewable energy that often is located away from load and needs new should be put in place12-14, Conant suggests that the transmission to bring it to market, butindustry should make evaluations for long-term contracts are needed.the long term and let those create the Independent transmission developers that will setprojects to be put in place. can compete to bring low transmission prices and ensure reliability byHow can transmission companies responding to competitively bid on the coursemeet the renewable portfolio and projects.other policy standards in the NewEngland states? What cost allocation suggestions could you give to transmissionThere are substantial renewable energysources in northeastern US and easternCanada but to get them to market new companies? Everyone benefits from having reliable for the long-runtransmission infrastructure must be and low priced electricity therefore, costbuilt to satisfy demand driven by public should be allocated accordingly topolicy. Policies can be met by having transmission companies, incumbent orprivate market investors support these non-incumbent, that provide thatprojects if long-term contracts are made benefit. This is especially true to
  • About the Transmission & Distribution Summit 2012 The Energy Network - marcus evans Summits group delivers This unique forum will take place at The Westin Stonebriar, Dallas, Texas, peer-to-peer information on November 12-14, 2012. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or strategic matters, professional trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought trends and breakthrough leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. innovations. The Summit includes presentations on transmission development, electric utility systems maintenance methodology and how to efficiently manage a critical infrastructure audit. www.t-dsummit.com Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly Contact limited. Maria Gregoriou, Journalist, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 400 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsPower Generation APAC Summit - www.apacpowergen.comWater & Wastewater Management Summit - www.h2osummit.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.t-dsummit.com/StephenConant