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Over the past decade, electrical transmission companies have built their own power systems, mostly operating in vertical silos with local distribution.
But to be successful, the clean power sector needs federal subsidies and regional plans. President Joe Biden’s proposed $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan would help build higher-capacity, high-voltage transmission lines for more reliable wind and solar power generation, while expanded tax credits would help keep renewable energy costs down.
Rob Gramlich, founder and president of Grid Strategies LLC, a consulting firm focused on transmission and power market issues with a view to cost-effective decarbonization, and executive director of ACDG (Americans for Clean Energy), had a seat in the first Range the concerns and solutions needed.
“They are relevant in the context of the infrastructure policy discussion here in Washington. If you put all of this together, you achieve a leverage effect and get particularly good energy output from transmission lines.” -Rob Grim
The Energy Exchange’s David Hidinger spoke to Gramlich about a shovel-ready report recently published by Grid Strategies in partnership with the Macro Grid Initiative and the ACDG that focused on 22 major transmission projects ready to go.
“They are relevant in the context of the infrastructure policy discussion here in Washington,” said Gramlich. The incentive to get them across the finish line is that they would increase renewable energies in the country by 50%. “When you put all of that together, you get a leverage effect and particularly good energy output from transmission lines.”
Right now, stakeholders have the same basic problem: “They’re giving the hat around and trying to get customers to sign up.”
Once deployed, Biden’s infrastructure plan will get employees to work in the near future. In the long term, Gramlich said, more lines will be needed in the regions to ensure that more utilities and regulated network operators are connected.
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