While citizen groups have fought transmission in the projects in the past based on need, environmental regulations ushered in from the Clean Power Plan are driving new projects forward, according to this report from Power Source.

Clean Power Plan requires the power generation mix to emit 32 percent less carbon in 2030 than in 2005, which means dirtier plants will close, and cleaner plants will be built. “Any time you add a new resource, on top of removing another, you create an imbalance,” said Steve Herling, vice president of planning at PJM Interconnection. Read the entire story here.