Investments in Transmission Enable Growth in Renewables

The electric grid in the United States was created to provide reliable electricity to consumers. In the past, most U.S. consumers relied on centrally-located fossil fuel-powered plants to provide for their electricity needs, with power carried from these stations by electric transmission infrastructure. However, our  transmission system has not kept up to date with the way electricity is generated—decreased costs and  improved technology have made wind and solar competitive with existing fossil fuel-powered generation.  While we develop more renewable generation, the necessary infrastructure must exist to connect the clean energy to consumers.