The U.S. needs to make major investments in our electric transmission grid to strengthen our national security and energy independence, revitalize our economy, and mitigate climate change. We have a 50-year-old electric transmission system that is incapable of managing large-scale variable power supplies from important renewable energy sources, like wind and solar farms, or reacting nimbly to man-made or natural disturbances. Some regions, such as the Midwest and Southwest, lack the transmission infrastructure needed to connect cost-effective but location-constrained renewable energy resources to the cities and towns where the energy is needed. In order to develop the modern electric grid we need, we have to change the way we plan, site, and pay for transmission investments.
To bring attention to the need for additional investment in the United States’ electric transmission system, the Energy Future Coalition’s Americans for a Clean Energy Grid initiative has hosted a number of public forums across the country to facilitate a dialogue around the issue. Events in Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio, New England, Kansas, Oregon, and Iowa, attracted representatives from federal, state, and local levels of government, utility companies, transmission developers, labor unions, farming and agricultural associations, and the general public. The events generated media coverage that helped further spread the Coalition’s message.
Click here to learn more about the Coalition's approach to developing clean energy transmission to bring renewable resources to market.
Click here to visit the Americans for a Clean Energy Grid website.