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We need to invest in upgrading the grid to reduce reliance on foreign oil

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A friend forwarded this appalling story from Homeland Security Newswire:

Questions raised about cost of, need for new electricity grid – Homeland Security News Wire
A new national grid system for the United States would involve stringing 19,000 miles of high-voltage lines at a cost of$60 billion; some experts say this is too expensive — and unnecessary.

(Read the full story here:

I would argue that it’s a VERY necessary investment.

Forty years after ARPANET, we all acknowledge the vision and benefits that project brought to the U.S. and to humanity at large. If we are truly serious about becoming a nation that is less dependent on foreign oil, we will need even a bolder vision for investing in the “energy highway” to upgrade our electric grid so it can support distributed energy resources on the scale needed to replace foreign oil. As we stand today, it is doubtful that the existing grid will even be able to withstand the load from the limited number of plug-in vehicles that will be sold in the U.S. in the next five years.


Written by Marco G.

July 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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