SOURCE: Information Forecast, Inc.

October 01, 2007 16:00 ET

Utility New Transmission Build-Out to Be Topic of Business Forum Scheduled for December

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - Planning, financing, and constructing the coming wave of new utility transmission projects will be the focus of Transmission Renaissance 2007: Project Implementation and Construction, produced by Infocast in Washington, DC December 3-5, 2007.

A new era of transmission build-outs is dawning -- after 20 plus years of under-investment, the industry is taking steps to put new wire in the air. A combination of Federal backstop siting authority and regulatory incentives has spurred a myriad of new projects across the nation: many large projects are on the drawing board, with seemingly more announced daily. Concurrently, in the long hiatus for transmission development many utilities have lost critical construction expertise, and the availability and cost of both skilled labor and material have become problematic.

The meeting will feature leading utility executives delivering reports on new transmission projects, and the strategies they are employing to site, finance and construct new developments. Transmission project developers and key players in financing new transmission projects will discuss the state of the industry regarding transmission investment. Those working on the forefront of making these projects a reality will relate their strategies for mitigating the legal and financial risks of new projects, establishing new business models for utility procurement practices, dealing with constrained resources, and handling development contractors.

A nationwide overview of transmission projects will be given by representatives from AEP, Allegheny Power, American Transmission Company, Anbaric LLC, APS, Center For Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, Hudson Transmission Partners, LS Development, National Grid USA, Northeast Utilities, Vermont Electric Power, SDG&E, Southwest Power Pool, Tonbridge Power Inc, Tucson Electric Power, and Xcel Energy.

The Executive Forum, Facilitating Project Implementation and Construction, will feature panels on new developments in FERC Siting Authority, the DOE's NIETC designations and other regulatory measures. Panel discussions will be held on methods of dealing with interest group opposition, FERC regulatory measures that encourage transmission investments and investments to support renewable technologies.

For further information about Transmission Renaissance 2007, please call Jason Keehn at (818) 888-4444 ext 43 or visit

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