As the nation’s transmission leader, AEP is a strong proponent of a robust extra-high voltage (EVH) transmission grid. EHV transmission facilitates many societal agendas, including energy efficiency, access to renewables, interstate commerce and national security. We believe cost recovery for needed transmission should be included in all federal clean energy legislation mandating an renewable portfolio standard.
Transmission lines link power generation sources to the load centers where electricity is distributed to customers. A robust transmission system is the key to ensuring the availability of a diverse generation mix (coal, wind, gas, etc.). It also facilitates interstate commerce and our national defense.
In order to keep pace with our growing needs, aging transmission infrastructure will need to be replaced and the current system expanded to facilitate use of new technologies.