Or is this just a lot of talk. His speeches on renewing the grid system and using "green" energy were made all over this country. I know this is not a shovel ready project, but come on Mr. President, do something you have talked about for years. Improving the grid system is needed first then the building of the green energy equipment in this country should follow imediatly. Time to get it together so we do not have to reley on the middle east oil.
There are many grid infrastructure projects underway. Several that come to mind are: -Southern California Edison's transmission line to the Tehachapi area to connect solar and wind farms. -Google's Atlantic Wind Connector project to bring offshore wind to the Eastern seaboard. -The Texas panhandle wind turbine transmission line upgrade. -Tres Amigas grid interconnect that connects the Eastern, Western, and Texas interconnection for the first time. -There are many others supported and opposed by a variety of interests.
Grid or Pipelines? Is there enough money for both?
Hearing in various places Bakken Oil Shale has lots of oil, but very limited transportation. They're using trucks and rail cars!
Today on CNBC's Strategy Session they were talking about MLPs investing to build more pipelines.
I'm very recently seeing pro-pipeline ads paid for by Canadian energy interests here in the Chicago area looking to deliver to expanded "heavy crude" refineries on Lake Michigan in Indiana.
Regarding the Grid: Are the NIBY issues "harder" for Grid that pipelines?
Are there loan guarantees needed (a la new nuclear plants) or is it more jurisdictional fighting issues?
What do you want Obama to do? Even if he proposes something useful, won't it immediately be attacked by the Tea Party influenced cost slashing Republicans?
Who really "owns" the Grid?
I've often imagined Superconductor cables running along rail lines transforming our Grid, but I'm guessing that would cost more than anyone is willing to pay for. Didn't the bury a lot of fiber option cable this way?
Maybe we can get Warren to donate the right of ways for the Burlington Northern :-)