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Power up the U.S. economy by rebuilding and expanding America’s electric grid transmission infrastructure to keep our 21st-century economy at the cutting edge.
Electric transmission infrastructure is the backbone of a competitive 21st-century economy. Unfortunately, 70 percent of America’s transmission lines are 25 years or older and at full capacity, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, who also rate our grid an unacceptable D+. The United States built much of its transmission infrastructure over 50 years ago.
To keep electricity prices down and ensure grid reliability, America is due for an upgrade. Improving the process for siting new transmission infrastructure across regions is critical. As Congress and regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) think about rebuilding America’s critical infrastructure, transmission upgrades and expansion should be part of any serious plan.
Transmission congestion, like what you experience in a traffic jam, costs consumers an extra $6 billion a year.
Investments in transmission pay for themselves 2-3 times over.
Better regional planning and well-designed long-distance transmission projects will improve the reliability of the U.S. power grid and give families and businesses access to the lowest-cost electricity sources.