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This little-known bottleneck is blocking clean energy for millions

Shannon Osaka of The Washington Post reports on transmission line bottlenecks.

The C3 Take
  • Transmission lines are essential for keeping the lights on and for carrying clean power to different parts of the country.
  • Antiquated regulations are slowing down transmission line development which hinders our ability to reach clean energy goals.
  • The approval process for connecting new power lines to the grid now takes an average of 4 years to complete and disproportionately impacts clean energy generation.
  • Regulators should look modernize and streamline the process for building transmission lines in order to drive clean energy progress.

“But experts say the United States needs to radically expand transmission lines — now spanning 700,000 miles across the country — to accelerate the energy transition. Scientists estimate that transmission will have to increase 25 percent over the course of the decade to meet U.S. climate goals.”

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