Public involvement and outreach
Before an electric transmission project is proposed and introduced to the public, we have already evaluated various alternatives as part of our ongoing assessment of the transmission system. In the case of major projects, we generally know several years in advance that an electric system solution will be needed to solve a future problem. We evaluate how those needs impact the system in an overall broader planning area. We also work closely with regional organizations responsible for interstate transmission issues to coordinate our infrastructure planning efforts on a regional and national level.
A project proposal generally kicks off a period of public involvement and outreach. The purpose of this outreach is to allow ATC, property owners, communities, public officials, stakeholders and environmental groups to collaborate on decisions related to the project, particularly decisions about routing and siting transmission lines.
Public outreach is a two-way street that includes a sincere and meaningful dialogue about the need and possible impacts of a proposed electric transmission line project. Before ATC seeks local or regulatory approval for a project, a comprehensive public involvement process takes place to gather input and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders. Public involvement begins before any potential routes are identified so that public input can be incorporated into the development of possible route options.