Speaking of Transmission Lines

By March 9, 2008Energy

Below we noted Sen. Clinton’s radio ad calling for more transmission capacity. So …

From the Department of Energy, Tuesday, March 6:

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today denied requests for rehearing of the Mid-Atlantic and the Southwest Area National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (National Corridors) designated by DOE in October 2007 as areas of significant electricity congestion and constraint. The designation of national corridors was made in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). In affirming the National Corridor designations today, DOE dismissed as being without merit challenges raised by the applicants for rehearing, citing extensive data analysis conducted in its 2006 National Interest Electric Transmission study, ample opportunity for public review and comment, and several other key reasons.

More details here.

Senator Obama voted for final adoption (the conference report) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that encouraged new transmission capacity. Sens. Clinton and McCain voted no. Roll call here.

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