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The Biden administration has allocated $1.3 billion to enhance the nation’s power lines. This investment, announced on Monday, targets three proposed transmission lines designed to fortify the country’s electric grid capacity.
Specifically, these transmission lines will extend renewable energy channels: one from New Mexico to Arizona, another connecting Vermont and New Hampshire to Canada, and the third linking systems in Utah and Nevada. Collectively, these projects are projected to contribute an additional 3.5 gigawatts to the electric grid, sufficient to electrify approximately 3 million households.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm highlighted the multi-faceted benefits, stating, “The projects will improve reliability, they’ll strengthen critical infrastructure to keep the power on during extreme weather and… deliver more, affordable clean power across the country.”
Coinciding with this announcement, a report detailing the country’s electricity transmission requirements was released. Granholm emphasized the report’s findings, which indicate a pressing need to “seriously build out transmission” for enhanced grid reliability, resilience, and reduced congestion.