A coalition has emerged concerning the idea of a strong national electric grid, centrally planned and broadly financed, that would promote renewable energy. The coalition includes giant investor-owned utilities, public power entities, influential elected officials of both parties and state energy officials, and they speak with a single voice. They all oppose it. The group, the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy, founded in January, is trying to block the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from approving a series of major transmission paths from wind-rich areas in the middle of the continent to load centers all over and then spreading the cost of the new lines around the whole country. Read More About Federal Transmission Planning.