Building the 21st Century Transmission Super Grid: Technical and Political Challenges for Large Scale Renewable Electricity Production in the U.S.

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Building the 21st Century Transmission Super Grid: Technical and Political Challenges for Large Scale Renewable Electricity Production in the U.S.

By Pat Wood and Rob Church, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Plans to increase the penetration of renewable electrical generation into the United States face a number of challenges. The country needs a super-grid which overlays the existing high voltage transmission system, connecting the country from coast to coast and allowing thousands of MW to be transferred over hundreds of miles. A single authority, in this case federal, needs to assert overall control of transmission line siting in the United States.

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