ABB_id2059
in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Wind-generated electricity from the Upper Midwest will become cost-competitive with power generated from more conventional fuel sources like coal, while providing substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions when connected to the nation's electricity grid via new extra-high-voltage transmission lines, a new study by The Brattle Group has concluded.

The study, "Transmission Super Highway: Benefits of Extra High Voltage Transmission Overlays in the Midwest," provides evidence that renewable resources offer an important and economically feasible means to respond to escalating energy demands in a carbon-regulated environment with domestic energy sources. The study was commissioned by ITC Holdings Corp.

The Brattle study shows that wind power from the windiest parts of the country can economically displace fossil-fuel power sources after 2020 under likely climate policies.

The current lack of extra-high-voltage transmission lines through these regions - the Upper Midwest states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota - is a significant barrier to harnessing this valuable resource as a viable energy solution in a carbon-regulated environment.

The study concludes that extra-high-voltage transmission projects like ITC's proposed Green Power Express are essential for accessing the nation's most important renewable energy resources.

For more information, visit brattle.com.

SOURCE: The Brattle Group


Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015

Trachte_id2056
Latest Top Stories

The Song Remains The Same: AWEA Says Stable Policy Can Protect U.S. Wind Investment

Although the U.S. wind industry added more than four times the amount of wind in 2014 compared with 2013, predictable policy is needed to sustain its long-term success.


High Net-Worth Investors Claim 'All Of The Above' On Energy, Renewable And Otherwise

According to a recent Morgan Stanley poll, high-dollar investors favor investment in renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar.


U.S. Wind Power Installations Surpassed 4.7 GW Last Year, Although China Still Leads

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that U.S. wind installations came back in a big way from a disappointing 2013.


IRS Specifies Performance, Quality Standards For Small Wind Turbines

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidelines creating safety and performance standards for small wind turbines to be eligible for the 30% investment tax credit.


Hot Times North Of The Border: Canada Tops Previous Record For Installed Wind Capacity

For the second consecutive year, Canada's wind market has bested the country's previous mark for new installations.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015