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The SERCC Transmission Task Force is established to
The TTF should consider this document to be a starting point. The task force is encouraged to use its expertise to make sure the proper questions are being asked and to pursue the issues in whatever direction they need to go.
The State Energy Resources Coordination Council’s State Energy Plan for 2003 identified power transmission constraints as a major hurdle to increasing electricity generation in Kansas. SERCC proposed to create a Transmission Task Force (TTF) to identify the problems and make recommendations on solutions to be presented to the Kansas legislature and governor.
The Transmission Summit meeting held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence on June 10, 2003, identified some of the constraints, issues, and alternatives to dealing with these problems. Rep. Tom Sloan chaired the Summit and reported that, “consensus exists for regional planning to quickly supplant the current project-based evaluation process, and that Kansas needs help in cost-effectively moving power in and out of our state.” It is his intention that “the Summit will not be a culmination of discussions, but rather a step in the process of addressing the issues encapsulated by Kansas’ ‘seam status’ between MISO and SPP and between the eastern and western grids.”
On August 14, 2003, the electricity blackout in the northeast U.S. and eastern Canada raised questions about the reliability and security of the transmission grid.
The TTF’s mandate is to build on that successful Summit and respond to
recent events by systematically identifying the challenges, possible
solutions, and mechanisms for action to resolve the transmission
problems, ensure reliable, reasonably priced power supplies to Kansas,
and increase energy production from Kansas.
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