The Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC) was a historic endeavor initially funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to a provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The goal of EISPC has been to encourage and support collaboration among states in the Eastern Interconnection on critical energy issues, including electric transmission, gas-electric infrastructure, resource diversity, and energy resiliency and reliability. EISPC members include public utility commissioners, Governors’ representatives, state energy officials, and other key government representatives throughout the thirty-nine states, the City of New Orleans, the District of Columbia, and six Canadian Provinces that comprise the Eastern Interconnection.
EISPC’s collaborative efforts have fostered consistent and coordinated direction to the regional and interconnection-lebel analyses and planning undertaken by regional planning authorities and electric transmission companies. Significant state input and direction has increased the probability that these outputs have been useful to the state-level officials whos decisions may determine whether proposals that arise from such analyses become actual investments. EISPC has been unparalleled in its scope, and in the application of state-of-the-art planning tools, expertise, and long-term public policy analyses.