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Washington Examiner: Biden’s Clean Power Plans Could Get Tripped Up Without New Wires

Posted by Josh Siegel on Jul 26, 2021

Washington Examiner summarized potential issues with interstate transmission that could deter the Biden administration’s clean energy goals. Read snippets below and the full article here. Read Denver Gazette’s coverage here.

President Joe Biden’s success in pursuing 100% carbon-free power by 2035 could come down to wires.

Interstate transmission lines are critical to transporting electricity from places, typically rural areas such as the Great Plains, that have an abundance of wind or solar to consumers in population centers that don’t generate significant renewable electricity.

Biden faces risks if Congress enacts his proposed clean electricity standard, a key plank of his infrastructure plan that would require utilities to generate 100% carbon-free electricity, without sufficient transmission built to spread massive amounts of clean energy between states.

“The biggest risk is you are going to end up not developing the most cost-effective resources you can,” said Jeff Dennis, managing director and general counsel of Advanced Energy Economy, a group representing clean energy companies. “You end up with a clean energy solution that costs more than it should.”

Read the full article here.

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