Friday, December 14, 2012

Jimmy Glotfelty, Grid 2030, and NIMBY

GRID2030 is probably the biggest highlight of Jimmy Glotfelty’s career in Washington acting as the nation’s first director of the Office of Electric Transmission and Distribution for the Department of Energy.  That’s a long title.  Let’s just call it “Director of Powerlines”.  Jimmy was also the first Director of Powerlines during the first blackout of an entire region in recent memory caused by poorly maintained tree trimming.  There is one weird oddity about GRID2030.  The Chinese made a translated version of this US government PowerPoint presentation. 

Good luck practicing your Chinese!

The bulk of the GRID2030 report says America needs more powerlines everywhere.  After reading the report, one realizes there isn’t a problem out there that Jimmy believes cannot be solved by more powerlines. 

He believes there needs to be a systematic backbone of powerlines crisscrossing  the nation and Canada to give customers a “continental” access to electricity supply, no matter where the supply is located, basically one big super grid. 
GRID 2030 is the closest place found where someone from Clean Line Energy refers to landowner and residents who live around proposed powerlines.  On Page 24 Jimmy Glotfelty’s office sums it up in one word, “NIMBY”.
Yes, Jimmy was at the Department of Energy in 2003 and not working for Clean Line Energy, but this is a rare instance any member of Clean Line management has acknowledged landowners and the residents surrounding any new proposed powerlines.  Only one word is given, NIMBY.  From the published reports found by Jimmy, he spent much of his time in Washington lobbying Congress for greater deregulation.  The remained of Page 24 of GRID 2030 sounds like he was already working for RICL project as he lobbied whoever would listen.

New entrants into the market (e.g., independent power companies, energy service companies, distributed energy providers, and demand side management businesses) need the incentives provided by regulatory certainty and properly operating markets in order to realize the necessary revenue streams that will ensure an optimal level of infrastructure investment.   Such an environment will sustain profitable business models and lead to the best model that benefits consumers.  The current regulatory framework is not providing a stable business climate. It is not conducive to attracting capital investment, consistent across the country, or consistently effective in addressing public purposes for environmental and consumer protection.

GRID2030 was the hallmark of Jimmy Glotfelty’s career in Washington and is summed up in three sentences.  America needs more powerlines.  America needs less safeguard and oversight to protect the consumer from unscrupulous power energy companies, like Enron.  After that, America needs more powerlines.

It is unfortunate Jimmy Glotfelty prejudicially blows off  public concerns as coming from a  bunch of NIMBIES.  It’s rather offensive and insulting actually.  With comments like that towards the public, Jimmy Glotfelty is the poster child of why we NEED more state oversight in the energy transmission business.  Obviously, as the Office of Electric Transmission and Distribution for the Department of Energy, Jimmy had no concern for the public’s concern.

Remember the letter Jayshree Desai wrote to the Department of Energy requesting the federal government take oversight away from the states, strip the states of regulatory powers, and give the federal government the power to grant eminent domain for powerlines such as RICL? 

If the Director of Powerlines in Washington thinks the public is a bunch of NIMBIES, we have no advocate in Washington.  Companies like RICL will go off and hold their “over 600 meetings” with governmental officials and avoid the public.  Without state oversight with Public Utilities Boards and Commerce Commissions, the nation would have a Director of Powerlines eager to strip Americans their land ownership rights and give the land to rich and powerful men like the Ziff Brothers and Michael Zilkha. 

Makes me wonder who was Jimmy Glotfelty working for back in 2003 while in Washington, the public, or Clean Line Energy?

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