Recognizing Reality: Energy Demands are Growing

By October 18, 2007Energy

From today’s Post, “Electricity Plan Advances to Public — 4-State Power Line Called Necessary to Address Energy Needs“:

The operator of the mid-Atlantic region’s electricity grid approved yesterday a high-voltage power transmission line that would begin in Northern Virginia and cut across Southern Maryland before going under the Chesapeake Bay and ending in New Jersey.

After the approval by PJM Interconnection, the $1 billion power line proposal by Pepco Holdings enters the public review phase, where it is likely to meet opposition from residents and other activists.

And the key paragraph:

This is the third high-voltage transmission line to win approval in recent months in the Washington region, where rapid growth has strained the power supply. The lines are necessary to prevent demand overloads that are anticipated in and around the nation’s capital as soon as 2012, industry sources said.

Construction of the transmission lines also serves to make the entire grid more resilient.

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