Wednesday, August 27, 2008

And more about energy advancement ...

In the NY Times today, a piece was written about the problem of energy transmission over the national grid. Although technological barriers to energy generation via alternative technologies (the focus of the article is wind turbines) have been decreasing over the past few years, the ability to transmit this energy is at a standstill. As one example, the articles tells of a wind farm in NY that at times is forced to shut down because the transmission lines are too congested. 
The problem with the grid is that it is  composed of small interconnected networks, without any highways essentially. The problem with developing this infrastructure is that the grid is owned by too many people, and individual sector have been left to the governance of the states. Thus any national projects meet lots of resistance from people who do not see it to be in the financial interest to change.

Read more about this frustrating dilemma at NY Times

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