It is impossible to talk about developing renewable energy resources in the United States, especially wind power, without also talking about developing electric
transmission infrastructure. New transmission lines are needed to link dispersed renewable energy resources with electric load centers, but the traditional approach to transmission planning and siting is ineffective—and, in some cases, obsolete. A new approach to integrate sources of renewable energy into the transmission grid is necessary. This Article addresses the regional- and state-level challenges of planning, siting, and paying for large-scale transmission lines to support renewable energy development. We favor a shift away from single state authority for interstate transmission siting, which would recognize the regional and national nature of today’s transmission grid.