Experts say energy future requires updated power infrastructure
Experts from ITC Holdings say the aging power grid in the U.S. could pull the plug on such concepts as electric cars. This is due to the network of high-voltage towers and wires that crisscross the country feeding power into communities having largely built decades ago without today's technology developments in mind.
"We need updated and expanded energy infrastructure to support energy-intensive technologies, transport renewable energy from remote locations, and serve the related needs of customers," said Jon Jipping, COO of ITC Holdings Corp., an independent electricity transmission company. "The quality of any state's electric grid has a profound effect on its business climate, ability to attract new jobs and support leading universities."
In addition to facilitating new technologies and industries, an updated energy grid will help fulfill the goal of tapping America's virtually unlimited renewable energy resources, according to ITC. As wind and solar power becomes a greater share of the country's energy mix, more power transmission line construction will be needed to carry these renewable energy sources from remote or rural areas to our cities and towns. In addition, when the wind slows or the sun goes down, a modern energy grid will be needed to help balance these variable sources against constant sources like natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy to maintain reliable service to customers.
"Let's change our mindset about how we plan the grid, and move forward with a greater sense of urgency," said Jipping. "Together with federal and state regulators, fellow utilities, and other industry stakeholders, we need to bring forth constructive ways to streamline grid planning and investment to ensure a resilient grid, facilitate economic development, and deliver value to customers."
Jipping says that a national conversation is underway about infrastructure, and it involves electricity. For more information, go to https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8015751-itc-electricity-energy-grid-infrastructure/.