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
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 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.
This article was originally published by the Casper Star Tribune on September 8, 2015 . The wind industry has a stiff breeze at its back. The cost of producing wind power is now competitive with coal and natural gas. Wind farms accounted for a third of total power installations nationwide since 2007. And, bolstered by President Barack
This article was originally published on September 2, 2015 on the AWEA Blog and written by Michael Googin 2014 saw record high wind output in the U.S., most notably when wind energy provided large amounts of extremely valuable power that helped keep the lights on during extreme cold in January 2014. However, the downside of
Originally published on Greentech Media, August 26 2015 Clean Line Energy believes it can develop long-distance high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines that will inexpensively move gigawatts of cheap wind (and solar) power — and still allow competitive pricing at the end of the line. There are wind projects in the Midwest that generate power at