Midwestern states have a lot of potential to develop new wind power to meet their energy needs. But to make full use of these renewable resources, we need a way to connect new wind energy to the electric grid. As we continue to set our sights on increasing our use of wind energy, we also have to build out our transmission grid to provide wind projects with a path to consumers.
While planning for new transmission, we should also consider ways to improve the transmission development process. A good step is to use local community and landowner feedback to form best practices and identify techniques that can avoid or mitigate potential damage from new development.
One such practice is Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM), a process of managing vegetation under a transmission line through the planting of native, low-growing plant species. This allows developers to limit tree growth under transmission lines, while also introducing new native plants that can provide habitat for wildlife. Check our infographic on IVM, and our Clean Energy Transmission Map to learn about transmission projects in your state.
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