The below article from a recent Utility Dive issue is an excellent primer for all who want to understand this textbook example of the reason Americans for a Clean Energy Grid seeks to build public understanding of the benefits of a better grid and overcome anachronistic opposition to it. The Western interconnection, including states west
Transmission is the backbone of our electric system and the foundation for our country’s growth and security. Expanding and upgrading the electric transmission network will strengthen America’s economy, spur the development and use of clean and renewable energy sources, and ensure a secure and modern power system. The electric transmission system is a marvel of
What is a Clean Energy Grid? A “Clean Energy Grid” is a modern high-voltage network of transmission lines offering critical infrastructure for the United States as we strive toward common goals of energy security, electricity reliability, climate protection, and robust and sustainable economic growth. The range of benefits from such lines is a broad one.
This article originally appeared on RTO Insider on February 12, 2017. By Wayne Barber WASHINGTON — Modest optimism about the Trump administration’s infrastructure plans was tempered with questions about leadership at FERC and other federal agencies at a gathering of transmission developers, RTO officials and environmentalists last week. The first National Electric Transmission Infrastructure Summit,
This article was originally published on UtilityDive on October 27, 2016 and was written by Herman K. Trabish. The Eastern Interconnect can handle 30% renewables within a decade, but hotly-contested power line construction will be key A new assessment of the Eastern U.S. grid shows it will theoretically be able to handle 30% renewables within ten
This article was originally published on VOX.com on April 8, 2016 and was written by David Roberts. The US has no national electricity grid. Instead, it has a patchwork of grids, operated as closed-off regional and local fiefdoms with little trade among them. One of the most important steps America can take to integrate more
This article was originally published by the New York Times Editorial Board on April 5, 2016. If the United States is going to get serious about cutting carbon emissions from oil and gas, it will have to find ways to scale up its use of renewable energy. Converting wind and solar power into electricity is,
This article was originally published on March 06, 2016 on PRI and written by Adam Wernick. A new study from NOAA shows that, by building new high-tech transmission lines, the US could slash energy sector global warming emissions by 80 percent within 15 years, while keeping consumer costs low and meeting increased demand.