Fifty-one million people in 13 east coast states and Washington DC are going to get one heck of an upgrade to their power grid in order to make energy supplies reliable as renewable energy increases its presence. Dozens of projects priced at less than $50 million each will make the needed improvements within PJM Interconnection's transmission zones, which include all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
While it's great that lots of pieces of systems will get upgrades, no new backbone transmission infrastructure lines were authorized, yet anyway.
As we have talked about on TreeHugger before, keeping our power grid up to snuff is vital to keeping the nation running, and making sure that it is growing at the same rate and locations as renewable energy is even more important if we're to make a timely switch away from fossil fuels.
Projects like this are wonderful and should be applauded. They help us to avoid future power hiccups. But we need both smaller projects and substantial elements of the infrastructure to be worked on if we're to avoid future meltdowns.
Hopefully we'll continue to see these upgrades, and a whole lot more extensive ones in the near future.
Via Press Release
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