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Utilities Seize Control of the Coming Boom in Transmission Lines

Summary

Disagreement exists in the US energy sector over whether local utilities should be the first priority for building new transmission lines. Utilities companies have persuaded legislatures in 12 states to grant them "right of first refusal" (ROFR) to build transmission lines. But other industry stakeholders believe this will lead to higher costs and slow the move towards renewable energy. The spread of state laws granting ROFR is no coincidence, as large utilities operate in many states and want to reap the income from an expected boom in transmission projects.

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