Monday, 9 March 2009

Talks of developing smart grid gain momentum in the US

Even as many states in the US have initiated adoption of policies to move towards efficient transmission systems, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif has poined out that the nation needs a national framework for planning, developing and financing transmission infrastructure.

According to, Congressional leaders in the US pushing to modernise the nation’s electrical transmission system signaled they want to put the federal government in control of decisions normally left to state authorities, from regulating electrical rates to deciding where to place power lines and poles.

Also, Democratic congressional leaders and the Obama administration recently indicated that that they will push for greater federal authority to locate electric transmission lines.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will soon introduce legislation that gives federal regulators authority to override states on electric grid placement decisions as part of a package of energy proposals the Senate is expected to take up in the coming weeks, reported AP.

Pelosi also called for expansion of the nation’s power transmission grid and development of a “smart grid” that allows increased efficiency and access to remote wind and solar energy resources. She said addressing the grid issue “is essential to all that we do” to promote renewable fuels.

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