Although it is not obvious to many, but President Barack Obama’s push for wind and solar energy to wean the U.S. from foreign oil carries a hidden cost, which is overburdening the nation’s electrical grid and increasing the threat of blackouts.
The power users, producers and the U.S. Energy Department have given their requirement to the Obama administration but the funding Obama devoted to get high-voltage lines ready for handling the additional load of alternative supplies is less than 5 percent of the $130 billion that was asked for.
According to Jon Wellinit is ghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, cities can’t tap much of the renewable energy from remote areas, without more investment.
He said at an energy conference in Chicago that as we add more and more wind power, the grid will get more stressed, and there’s going to be a point where the grid can’t handle any more, and the first thing that should be done is to build out transmission."
The country’s electricity network comprises of over 211,000 miles of high-voltage power lines, a patchwork connecting substations and transformers owned by utilities and federal agencies.
Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan dedicates $6 billion in the next two years to expand the country’s transmission system for renewable energy.
But in contrast, China is spending 23 percent of its $585 billion in stimulus to make its grid ready for alternative sources, using advanced electrical technologies.