Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jack Markell and the American Wind Energy Association

On Monday, I took note of Jack Markell's speech last week to the American Wind Energy Association conference, where he proposed a transmission backbone to orient the grid to renewable power instead of delivering electricity from coal power.
Cassandra at DelawareLiberal has posted a video of his talk.
Right now wind power developers are facing enormous costs for hooking up to the grid, which is already facing the need to upgrade for reasons of reliability and flexibility. Instead of proposing transmission projects that would make it easier to ship in power from the coal mines and power plants in the Midwest, we should be reorienting the grid to favor wind power that can be built a few miles off our shore.

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