Michael Lamb is SVP for Transmission at Xcel Energy.
Much-needed transmission to hook up renewables is the goal throughout the United States, so it's worth celebrating what is coming in the Midcontinent ISO. MISO recently approved its Long Range Transmission Plan Tranche One, which is made up of eighteen projects spread out from North Dakota to Michigan.
That is a big deal for Grid North Partners, born out of the CapX2020 partnership, a rebranding to move away from "2020," by mostly the same group of transmission owners. Of the eighteen planned transmission projects in MISO, Xcel Energy, the largest member of Grid North Partners, will be involved with four of them. Grid North Partners will be involved with six of them.
The three hundred forty-five kilovolts transmission lines aim to provide greater access to renewable energy over a wide geographic area. PUF sat down with Xcel Energy's SVP for Transmission Michael Lamb to discuss these massive projects.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: This is a large number of major projects grouped together and at three hundred forty-five kilovolts. They run from the Dakotas to Michigan. Give an overview of the potential for this project to make a difference in MISO.