Power Grid: Are more lines needed?

PRINCETON, NJ – The organization that sets the standards for the nation’s power grid released a report last week stating that more transmission lines will be needed if the country hopes to utilize renewable energy sources and satisfy a two-fold increase in electricity demand that’s expected over the next ten years.

However, New York and several others states listed in the “Mid-Atlantic” National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor – areas the federal government says have critical electricity constraints – were not specifically pointed out as problem areas.

The North American Electricity Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) report also re-affirms a recent state energy report that says New York Regional Interconnect’s 190-mile-long power line isn’t needed – so long as utilities complete planned transmission upgrades.

“Sufficient market solutions (from utilities) as well as updated transmission owner’s plans have been proposed to more than meet the needs through 2016,” states NERC’s report on New York.

NERC is a federally regulated non-profit organization that sets reliability standards for the wholesale electricity industry and oversees state and regional grid operators like New York’s Independent System Operator (NYISO).

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