The Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council (EISPC) is an historic endeavor initially funded by an award from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to a provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The goal is to create an unprecedented collaborative among the states in the Eastern Interconnection. Comprised of public utility commissions, Governors' offices, energy offices, and other key government representatives, this collaboration will foster and produce consistent and coordinated direction to the regional and interconnection-level analyses and planning. Significant state input and direction increases the probability that the outputs will be useful to the state-level officials whose decisions may determine whether proposals that arise from such analyses become actual investments. This Initiative is unparalleled in its scope, in the application of state-of-the-art planning tools, expertise, and long-term public policy ramifications.
Chairman Douglas R. M. Nazarian
Maryland Public Service Commission
Director, Grants & Research
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners