For those folks new to the issues surrounding clean energy transmission, this ten-part series from National Public Radio that ran last summer on the future of the U.S. electric power system provides a quick and well-done primer on some of the key topics. Check out the series here.
The special series, titled “Power Hungry: Reinventing the U.S. Electric Grid,” spotlights some of the benefits of developing our renewable energy potential, as well as some of the regional, financial and political challenges involved with moving that electricity from where it is abundant to where it is needed.
Reid Detchon, Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition, is quoted in the third installment, which covers the challenges of interstate siting of transmission lines. The installment also touches on the development of smarter distribution and end-use technologies.
Though it is almost a year old, the interactive graph produced for this primer offers a great visual introduction to the grid and to the issue of moving renewable power from where it is cheap to produce to the towns and cities where it is needed. See the visual here.