Jason Stanek is Chair of the Maryland Public Service Commission and Co-Chair of the Joint Federal-State Task Force on Electric Transmission. Paul Kjellander is Senior Advisor at Public Utilities Fortnightly.
Everybody is watching with regulatory eyes, the Joint Federal-State Task Force on Electric Transmission, which is made up of all FERC Commissioners and ten State Commissioners, with two from each NARUC region. Electric transmission is a hot topic, which makes this a busy group, having taken on this added work on top of regulating in the public interest.
Overcoming NIMBY-ism throughout the United States is a gigantic problem, but this task force is taking on all the heavy issues, such as who pays for this new grid tasked with bringing renewable sources of energy online, or really figuring out if the feds can play nicely with the states. There is much more.
To catch up with where this is all going, PUF's Paul Kjellander sat down with Maryland PSC Chair and task force Co-Chair Jason Stanek. Cooperative federalism has to work for necessary electric transmission to get built, and Stanek brings you the latest.
PUF's Paul Kjellander: You're the Chair of the Maryland Public Service Commission, but what is your role with the Joint Federal-State Task Force on Electric Transmission?
Chair Jason Stanek: I'm the Co-Chair of the task force.
PUF: Is the role what you thought it would be?