More than two weeks have passed since Hurricane Sandy brought the Eastern Seaboard to a standstill. Although life is slowly returning to normal, Sandy joins a long series of painful reminders of how dependent 21st century America is on reliable electricity: it powers nearly every facet of our lives. The potential silver lining in the wake of Sandy’s devastation is the influx of interest in our outdated and inadequate transmission grid, highlighting long ignored issues from the benefits of buried transmission lines to the importance of an integrated, redundant, resilient grid – built to withstand even Sandy’s fury.
FERC’s actions today show a commitment to balanced regional solutions that will drive investments in our aging transmission system.
Building transmission in this country has become an onerous and often overly contentious process that has kept the full scale deployment of clean energy at bay, and hurt consumers and businesses who deserve access to cheaper electricity and a more reliable grid.
Two weeks ago, an error by a maintenance worker in Arizona initiated a cascade of events that cut off electricity from Arizona to San Diego to Mexico. We don’t need to wait for the reports to learn some important lessons about the state of our nation’s electric grid.
In an op-ed article recently published in The Wichita Eagle, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback highlighted the role of the Kansas wind industry in boosting the economy of America’s Heartland — both in creating jobs and lowering electric bills for consumers.
A number of recent polls reveal strong public support for developing cleaner, cheaper, faster and safer forms of energy and that, moreover, this support bridges the partisan divide.
The Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG), in cooperation with the Climate and Energy Project, recently hosted the Heartland Transmission Conference in Hutchinson, Kansas on August 15-17, 2011. Attended by over 150 people, the conference provided a forum for discussing transmission’s important role in enabling the integration of remote renewable energy resources to promote
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid hosted the Heartland Transmission Conference on August 15-17 in Hutchinson, Kansas.