Friday, February 24 (Washington, D.C.) — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Deployment Office released its draft of the National Transmission Needs Study, which provides crucial information about the state of our electric grid. Americans for a Clean Energy Grid Executive Director Christina Hayes today released the following statement commending the Department for taking this important step:
“We depend on reliable electricity to power nearly all aspects of modern life, but the U.S. has fallen far behind in building a grid that is capable of meeting our energy needs. ACEG applauds the Department of Energy for recognizing the paramount need to accelerate the modernization of our nation’s transmission network and to plan for long-term power needs by reviewing current and anticipated network constraints that could affect consumers. This study is an important product that can help inform transmission expansion across the country. We encourage states and regional authorities to incorporate DOE’s insights into their planning and infrastructure expansion programs — so they can better prepare to meet the present and future energy needs of their communities.
“A modern high-capacity grid will more effectively deliver reliable, low-cost power to all corners of the country, including in the face of increased threats from extreme weather. We look forward to staying engaged with DOE as it continues the process of identifying transmission solutions that will help us achieve this reality.”
About Americans for a Clean Energy Grid:
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) is a non-profit, broad-based public interest advocacy coalition focused on the need to expand, integrate, and modernize the North American high-capacity grid. ACEG brings together the diverse support for an expanded and modernized grid from business, labor, consumer, environmental groups, and other transmission supporters to support policy that recognizes the benefits of a robust transmission grid. For more information, please visit cleanenergygrid.org.
Hannah Schuster, Communications Associate
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