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Utilities Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) and National Grid have joined the Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems (WIRES) as full members.

WIRES is a nonprofit trade association of transmission providers, transmission customers, regional grid managers, and equipment and service companies.

"PG&E and National Grid will help WIRES focus on transmission issues that are important to electricity markets nationally and the specific challenges in their regions," says WIRES President Phillip Grigsby of Duke Energy. 

"This development signals that the representative business models and geographic diversity of the WIRES membership remains important to the group's internal conversations, as well as its views on transmission policy and law," remarks Jim Hoecker, WIRES counsel and advisor and former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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