(Washington, D.C.) March 18, 2022— Yesterday, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced The Connecting Hard-to-reach Areas with Renewably Generated Energy (CHARGE) Act, which contains several key provisions for expanding transmission and critical grid infrastructure to improve reliability, lower costs for ratepayers, and spur clean energy innovation.
“ACEG supports the legislative provisions in this bill to expand proactive regional and interregional transmission planning and resolve interconnection queue logjams,” said ACEG President, Patrick Hughes. “These have been priorities for ACEG as we seek policies to expand and modernize the grid to improve reliability and clean energy integration.”
On the introduction of the bill, Senator Markey said, “For the United States to run on green energy, we first need to build green infrastructure. Right now, the United States relies on two-lane roads for our electricity traffic when we need a renewable energy superhighway. The CHARGE Act lays the groundwork for an energy grid that can support an explosion of electric-powered vehicles and buildings, while also improving energy reliability, lowering costs for consumers, and spurring economic competition.”
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-voltage grid. ACEG brings together the diverse support for an expanded and modernized grid from business, labor, consumer, environmental groups, and other transmission supporters to support policy that recognizes the benefits of a robust transmission grid. For more information, please visit cleanenergygrid.org
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