How new transmission can unlock 10 times more renewables for the Eastern U.S.

2016-11-16 - Utility Dive article by Herman K. Trabish - October 27, 2016
The Eastern Interconnect can handle 30% renewables within a decade, but hotly-contested power line construction will be key

A new assessment of the Eastern U.S. grid shows it will theoretically be able to handle 30% renewables within ten years, but only with serious upgrades to the bulk power system.

The Eastern Interconnection (EI), the world’s biggest power system, delivers electricity to 270 million customers. By 2026, system operators will be able to maintain power reliability with more than ten times the current amount of wind and solar on the system today, according to the recently-released Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS).

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