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Siting, Permitting and The Grid

Jan. 8, 2021
T&D World's sister brand, TransmissionHub, discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in siting and permitting electric transmission projects in the United States.

T&D World's sister brand, TransmissionHub, discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in siting and permitting electric transmission projects in the United States. Corina Rivera-Linares, TransmissionHub's chief editor, provides a high level overview of the market – including transmission project data – and moderates a panel discussion with industry executives.


Corina Rivera-Linares, Chief Editor, TransmissionHub

Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines.

Luke Metzger, Executive Director, Environment Texas

As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at four Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.

Lynn Greene, Manager, CEO, NatureNet Energy, LLC

Lynn Chapman Greene recently retired as the CEO of Lucky Corridor, LLC, which develops transmission needed to move renewable energy to market, after selling that company to a Fortune 500 company. She is currently the Manager and CEO of the renewable energy development company NatureNet Energy, LLC, and is also continuing to practice law in the Denver area, as she has for 40 years.

Before founding Lucky Corridor in 2007, she was a partner and Chair of the Energy Group at the Denver law firm Moye White LLP, representing renewable energy developers and owners of clean energy resources. From 2006-2009 Lynn served as a business development consultant for an affiliate of TEPCO of Japan. From 2009 until August of this year, Lynn focused on managing the merchant transmission projects owned by Lucky Corridor, LLC, which serve the first-rate energy resources in northern New Mexico.

Lynn earned her J.D. at University of Colorado, Boulder, where she was one of the many volunteers who worked on the founding of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, located in Colorado.

Todd Cornett, Assistant Director for Siting, Oregon Department of Energy

Todd leads a highly qualified and dedicated team that conducts environmental reviews of large-scale energy projects in Oregon including, but not limited to, bulk transmission, pipelines, solar PV, wind, thermal generation, the production of bio-fuels, and the underground storage of natural gas. Before joining the Oregon Department of Energy, Todd was the Planning Director for Wasco County, Oregon, where among other responsibilities, he implemented the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Management Plan, federally designated for itsoutstanding natural and scenic value, through locally adopted ordinances.

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