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.
Rooftop solar is without question the poster child of the clean energy revolution, with good reason: it’s visible, increasingly affordable, and growing explosively. Dubbed “power to the people” by leading environmental author and activist Bill McKibben, rooftop solar now symbolizes green commitment for the left and bootstrap self-reliance for the right. It would be hard
This article originally appeared on Bloomberg on February 9, 2016 and was written by Brian Eckhouse and Joe Ryan . There’s enough untapped wind howling across the vast plains of Oklahoma and Kansas to generate more electricity than a dozen nuclear power plants. What’s missing are transmission lines to ship it from spinning turbines to faraway homes and businesses.
This article was originally published by Enerknol on January 4, 2016. Transmission investments are becoming increasingly important to deliver electricity from new renewable generators, as the most productive areas for wind, solar, and geothermal locations are often located far from population centers. Retirement of coal plants and nuclear plants also contribute to shifts in power