Greener electricity grid growing across the country
The United States has made great strides in the field of renewable energy, including solar and wind, but future progress could face hurdles. According to Michael Kormos of PJM Interconnection in a recent column in the Baltimore Sun, existing limitations on the planning process of integrating clean energy sources into the electrical grid in the Mid-Atlantic could hinder expansion of these resources.
In his opinion, the region must upgrade the infrastructure for its power grid, a system that operates as an interconnected network for high-voltage lines that bring electricity to customers. Much like the American road system, the power grid must be consistently upgraded to keep up with the growing and changing needs of the population. For example, Kormos states that new transmission lines must be put in place to bring renewable energy from remote locations to urban areas.
"A new approach to the planning of the transmission grid is necessary to address this problem," he writes. "Reforming transmission planning will enable renewable electricity sources to more fully contribute to meeting the nation's electricity needs."
National Public Radio reports that aging infrastructure, combined with the rise of consumer electricity use, has forced energy experts to closely examine the health of the country's electrical grid.