Friday, September 15, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) — Today, Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced the Building Integrated Grids with Interregional Energy Supply (BIG WIRES) Act, which would ensure that all parts of the U.S. have the necessary transmission infrastructure to share energy with their neighbors in moments of need, such as periods of extreme weather. ACEG Director Christina Hayes released the following statement:
“Sharing electricity between regions helps save customers money under the best of conditions, and can save lives when extreme weather hits. During Winter Storm Uri, the ability to transfer electricity into the Midwest helped it ride out the storm, while Texas’ lack of transfer capability made it more vulnerable to outages. As we have seen in recent years, these storms do not respect borders, and transmission can bridge the gap to maintain life-sustaining energy. ACEG supports efforts that increase transmission ties between regions to keep the lights on for all customers.”
About Americans for a Clean Energy Grid:
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is a non-profit, broad-based public interest advocacy coalition focused on the need to expand, integrate, and modernize the North American high-capacity grid. ACEG brings together a diverse coalition — including business, labor, consumer, environmental groups, and other transmission supporters — to advocate for policies that recognize the benefits of a robust transmission grid.
Hannah Schuster, Communications Associate
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