The Wall Street Journal Reports on a study that indicates a new grid could cost $100 billion.

This article says that 15,000 miles of new transmission lines would be required and that federal intervention might be used due to lawsuits.

New Grid for Renewable Energy Could Be Costly –

My feeling is that we might want to consider other models before plunging headlong into this decision.


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4 Responses to New Grid for Renewable Energy Could Be Costly

  1. Brooke Funk says:

    Definitely need to think of ways to lower that number, too bad we just spent 700 Billion…..

  2. Salle says:

    Then there’s this article that I stumbled on this morning:

    With this and the western govs getting together in the ext week or so to discuss this topic, we should probably all be talking to them about how we see it.

  3. JimT says:

    This link is to a report on transmission lines by Western Resource Advocates that offers some thoughts on how to meet the transmission line issue in an environmentally and economically efficient manner It is a PDF file, so you will need Acrobat to read it. It is too long to post here.

  4. steve c says:

    Its sad that 100 billion doesnt sound like a huge number anymore.


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