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What are the Multi-Value Project Transmission Lines?

Think about the last time you drove into a major city.  Chances are you traveled on a highway that allowed many cars to travel quickly to their general destination.

If you imagine our highway system as transmission lines and cars as electrons, you have a good analogy to describe how our grid works.

Like highways, transmission lines carry bulk energy quickly across long distances and across state lines. But again, like highways, when transmission lines are overburdened they become less efficient and reliable.

South Dakota can lead in renewable energy

The Great Plains has a bright future in renewable energy, especially in rural areas where there is abundant space and resources are plentiful.

South Dakota ranks fifth in the U.S. for wind energy potential, capable of producing enough energy from wind to meet the state’s energy needs 300 times over. While South Dakota currently produces more than 26 percent of its energy from wind, there is still room for growth in the state.

Energy efficiency can help rural families save money

Families below the poverty line spend 8 percent of their income on electricity, a much larger proportion than higher income families, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

And in rural areas, 17.7 percent of families live below the poverty line, as noted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Energy efficiency provides an affordable way to decrease power consumption and electric bills. Developing local renewable energy generation also keeps hard-earned dollars in the state and brings new economic development to rural communities.

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