Poppycock to the Regulations.
In the phone, power, gas companies, the are all use to and know the various regulators. When I worked at US West, I saw exactly how much of an impact that had on us. BUT, we knew how to work within the framework. Now, with that said, regulations DO cost money. The company response is not free.
But the power companies are holding off doing more power lines in hope that the feds will do it for them, while they take the profits to the bank. And you know what? I am thinking that the feds SHOULD do it. And then charge the power companies for use of it, and the power company would then be allowed to ONLY pass it through (no profits from it). I am not normally a fan of gov. intervention, but in this case, the fed is the right group to get large projects like this done. It used to be that the companies had responsible leaders, but now they have abdicated their role. It is time for the US to do what companies us to do.