America’s Third World Energy Grid

This is a post re-blogged from Politico Magazine written by Bill Richardson, former Secretary of Energy and former Governor of New Mexico. As secretary of energy in the Clinton administration, I often characterized the U.S. power transmission system as resembling a “Third World grid.” My aim was to highlight the shortcomings of the networks that

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Transmission is Key to a Diversified Energy Portfolio

What if we could move, or share, the wind energy generated in one part of the country to match the needs in another other part of the country? If we could do that, then we could achieve a more consistent energy output from our nation’s wind resources and solve many of the challenges associated with integrating wind energy into the grid.

Investing in the Grid: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough get… Creative

The U.S. grid system was born in the 1920s, and has seen few major upgrades since the 1960s. With America’s growing population and exploding demand—bigger houses, A/C units, TVs, iThings—we have serious congestion and inadequate capacity on our nation’s power lines. This has led to more frequent power outages, which cost the American economy well over $100 billion each year. Investing in grid modernization would clearly save American consumers tremendous amounts of energy and money. So why aren’t we doing more of it?

RSVP: Clean Energy Transmission Summit

This event brings together key Federal officials from the Administration and Congress, their state counterparts, clean energy industry leaders and the environmental community and energy consumers to forge clean energy solutions that benefit our economy and our environment drawing on the full range of options from renewable energy to transmission infrastructure to demand side solutions like energy efficiency.