Regenerating the U.S. Grid

The need to upgrade our outdated grid is getting more important each year. As renewable energy makes up more of the U.S. electricity supply and changes the energy landscape, the old, tired transmission and distribution system will have a hard time keeping up. In this week’s podcast, we’ll bring you three different stories on the transmission and distribution system as it relates to renewable energy.

First, we’ll check in with David Meyer, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. He’ll tell us about the biggest integration problem for the renewable energy industry today.

Second, we’ll highlight the financial and environmental complexities of developing more transmission lines with a feature story on the proposed Sunrise Powerlink project in Southern California. Even though the line is touted as necessary to bring remote renewable energy to San Diego, many renewable energy supporters are against the project. (Thanks to the Utility Consumer’s Action Network for allowing us to use a portion of their video for the story).

Finally, Dr. Wade Adams, Director of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology joins us to talk about how nanotechnology may transform renewable energy and the entire transmission system in the future.

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