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Energy congestion study to be released today

NORWICH – The U.S. Department of Energy will be releasing the first study outlining all the regions coast-to-coast that are experiencing adverse electric transmission congestion today, officials said.

According to a report by the Associated Press, the study was provided last night, and listed metropolitan areas in Southern California and the Northeast as the areas with “critical” grid congestion. The Associated Press also listed New England, the Phoenix-Tucson area in Arizona; the Seattle-Portland area in the Pacific Northwest; and the San Francisco Bay area as areas in need of congestion relief.

Poonum Agrawal, an expert with the DOE, confirmed that the study would be officially released at 11 a.m. today, one year to the day after President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act that mandated it. Agrawal said there will be a 60-day comment period following the results of today’s congestion study, after which National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor designations will be made.

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