Renewable Energy World published an opinion piece from Michael Goggin of AWEA calling for an interstate electricity transmission system akin to the interstate highway system. Transmission is a critical issue. Not only is the country’s grid aging, new sources of energy, whether wind, solar, new nuclear or carbon sequestration, are often sited (or would be sited) far from population centers where electricity is overwhelmingly consumed:
In its recently released report “20 Percent Wind Energy by 2030,” the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) identified transmission limitations as a chief roadblock to realizing the enormous economic, environmental and energy security benefits of obtaining 20% of our electricity from the wind. Similarly, a poll conducted by NRG Systems Inc. at last month’s Windpower 2008 Conference in Houston, Texas, found that participants saw transmission issues as the biggest problem facing continued development of wind energy in the U.S.