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If You Build it, Will They Come? A North American Perspective on Electrical Transmission Line Siting

Friday, Oct. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.


As demand for energy continues to grow—especially electricity generated from renewable sources—so, too, does the need to efficiently move energy across state lines and boost the ability to move resources across international borders.  But state, national and international interests often do not align. This lack of a cohesive plan is leading to underdeveloped markets and an overstressed transmission system. This session will explore effective tools used in Canada and Mexico, as well as potential domestic policy solutions, all designed to more efficiently move power from where it is generated to where it is needed.




Rep. Jeff Morris
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Dr. Duncan Wood
Director of International Relations Programs
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
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Speaker Bios


Rep. Jeff Morris
Rep. Jeff Morris is a fourth-generation native of Guemes Island in Washington State. He was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1996. He has served as Speaker Pro Tempore, House Floor Leader, 15 years as a member or Chair of the Technology, Energy, and Communications Committee and  Chair of Finance. He is also a trustee of the Washington State multi-million dollar Life Sciences Discovery Fund.
As CEO of Energy Horizon LLC, Morris directs the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s Energy Portfolio and manages investments through his work as co-founder of Northwest Energy Angels – the first North American angel investing group investing exclusively in new energy technologies.

Morris is the former director of the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC), headquartered at the Washington Technology Center (WTC). While there, Jeff and his team at WTC worked to accelerate growth of the new energy-technology industry in the region. The U.S. Department of Energy recognized his achievements by naming him a “West Coast Power Player."

Noted as one of our most prominent leaders and critical thinkers on the future of energy and technology policy,he speaks to hundreds of national and international conferences every year.

Morris is also Immediate Past Chair of the Council of State Governments West, a past President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, and has previously served as Political Director for U.S. Representative Al Swift. His legislative contributions were internationally recognized by the Canadian Consulate for eliminating commerce barriers between the two countries. Morris also graduated as a Toll Fellow from The Council of State Governments Distinguished Leadership Program.

Morris represents the 40th District that includes San Juan County and parts of Skagit and Whatcom Counties. Back to Panelists.


Duncan Wood
Duncan Wood is professor, director of the Program in International Relations, and director of the Canadian Studies Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City. He is also a researcher in the Centro de Derecho Economico Internacional (CDEI) at ITAM. He studied in the United Kingdom and Canada, receiving his Ph.D. in political studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1996. He is a member of the Mexican National Research System (level 2), a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica, and has been an editorial adviser to Reforma. In 2007, he was a nonresident Fulbright fellow. Between 2007 and 2009, he was technical secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia, a group of experts in the area of energy policy in Mexico. His research focuses on Mexican and Latin American energy policy, including renewable energy; North American relations; and banking supervision and the political economy of international finance. Back to Panelists.