Campaign Lines, Transmission Lines

By March 9, 2008Energy

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had a radio ad running in Wyoming with this line:

And Hillary understands that to harness the power of the wind, we need to develop the transmission lines to bring that power from our plains to urban areas.

Yes, and power generated by coal, too.

The Energy Information Agency identifies the problem:

Overall use of the transmission system is growing without significant additions of new construction or upgrades. Approving new projects and acquiring new right-of-ways has been difficult. Many customers oppose having new transmission facilities built near them. These transmission facilities support interstate commerce; but the siting and approval are generally a State and local governmental responsibility.

So credit to the Clinton camp for identifying a major obstacle to economic growth, the lack of transmission capacity. It’s a message the entire country should hear, not just Wyoming.

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