Regulator sees big role for state

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A federal regulator says states like Kansas must take the lead in improving regional transmission systems to increase the movement of electricity from renewable resources such as wind.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports  that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member David Moeller was visiting the northeast Kansas community Tuesday. Moeller was invited by state Rep. Tom Sloan of Lawrence to meet with officials from other states and energy companies to discuss improving transmission systems.

Moeller and Sloan said the goal is to improve transmission grids so that wind power from rural areas like western Kansas can move to places where the need for energy is greater.

But Moeller said FERC doesn’t have the legal authority to regulate transmission grids, requiring states to work together to improve them.

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