The US needs to build a bigger, stronger grid. FERC has a plan for that
That’s a change to standing policy in FERC Order 1000, which requires states to allow independent transmission developers to bid against utilities for regional projects. That policy has made many utilities hostile to regional transmission development, and has led some state regulators to complain that the requirement has stymied buildout of the transmission grid as a result. Several states have passed laws that counter Order 1000 by giving in-state utilities the right of first refusal over independent transmission developers, leading to legal challenges.