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More About "Topic A" and "Topic B" Awards

The awards pursuant to the Department of Energy’s Interconnection-wide Transmission Planning Initiative cover two broad topics. “Topic A” covers Interconnection-Level Analysis and Planning. “Topic B” covers Cooperation Among States on Electric Resource Planning and Priorities, where the states will develop input to the Topic A analyses and perform other tasks.

Both Topic A and Topic B awardees are expected to work collaboratively in each interconnection to support and greatly expand ongoing resource assessment and regional and interconnection-level transmission analysis and planning. The results of the assessments and analyses are needed to inform stakeholders that participate in decision making concerning the development of major new long-distance transmission facilities and networks.

Topic A, Interconnection-Level Analysis and Planning

Learn more about “Topic A” requirements

Topic B, Cooperation Among States on Electric Resource Planning and Priorities

The fundamental purpose of the awards under Topic B is to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among the states in the respective interconnections (or among state agencies, in the Texas Interconnection) and thus enable them to develop more consistent and coordinated input and guidance for the regional and interconnection-level analyses and planning that will be done under Topic A. The work to be performed under Topic B will vary somewhat among the three interconnections; therefore they are described separately below.

Learn more about Topic B requirements in the Eastern Interconnection,

Learn more about Topic B requirements in the Western Interconnection,

Learn more about Topic B requirements in the Texas Interconnection,