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What is HART?

For the first time in generations, major transmission planning is underway in the United States. The stakes are high. We will spend hundreds of billions of dollars and we need to ensure that those billions build a superb electric grid for the 21st century – a grid that maximizes productivity and minimizes costs for years to come. Many in the Heartland say they would like that grid to carry more local renewable resources like wind. 

The challenge: electricity planning is technical and complex and it is happening in meeting rooms far removed from Main Street. Yet ultimately real people in actual communities will need to say “Yes, in my backyard” and “okay we’ll pay” for new transmission and generation alike.    

The Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission (HART), funded in part by a
U.S. Department of Energy grant, will gather local decision-makers – farmer and ranchers, county commissioners, and local chambers of commerce – along with more traditional stakeholders including generation and transmission owners, consumer advocates, and environmental advocates.

HART will:

  • Provide balanced, objective information and expert analysis on generation and transmission
  • Offer a forum for engaged, candid, ongoing discussion of opportunities and obstacles
  • Link local decision makers to the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) transmission planning processes
  • Foster regional identity and understanding of common cause around transmission
  • Craft messages and materials that respond to each constituency’s needs
  • Plan and support deployment of an ambitious peer-to-peer outreach campaign across the region  

HART was initiated by the Climate + Energy Project (CEP).

CEP supports lively, informed conversations about our energy future.  We support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy efficiency and developing renewable energies in a sustainable manner which will provide jobs, economic resiliency and energy security.

HART is facilitated by Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director, Climate + Energy Project.

Welcome to the Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission (HART) 

The first meeting of HART took place in January, 2011 in Oklahoma City. Twenty-five stakeholders and ten panelists and staff, came together for two-days to explore energy and transmission throughout the Southwest Power Pool.

On August 15-16, 2011 the Climate + Energy Project, Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission (HART) and the Americans for a Clean Energy Grid hosted an extremely successful conference on the importance of transmission to the modern power grid and the newly announced Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 1000. This conference brought together over 150 industry leaders, policy makers, advocates, landowners, economic developers, and others in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission (HART) was a key non-traditional stakeholder voice highlighted during the conference. Landowners, county commissioners and economic development professionals invited others to join their efforts to support high voltage transmission lines throughout the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

By several measures this conference has been deemed a success and certainly was a testament to the social capital and important role CEP and HART play in the SPP.

Keynotes addresses were delivered by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, FERC Commissioner Mark Spitzer, and Siemens VP of US Sales Gregory Snyder. Panels addressed issues such as the economic benefits an expanded grid can play, what kind of obstacles face new transmission and how stakeholders can get involved.

The conference sessions were streamed live and are available for download here.

Heartland Transmission Conference Report

If you want to learn more about the Heartland's energy future, Join us!      

HART is still accepting applications and nominations for members in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.

We ask for a two-year commitment: at least one in-person meeting each year, monthly work group calls, occasional webinars, and consistent outreach to peers.   

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