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  •  Many in the transmission industry like the idea (1+ / 0-)
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    of having more power to transmit, preferably nationwide or even continentwide, while others in the industry like the idea of having more control over the power they transmit, and less competition. The Tres Amigas SuperStation project to connect the Eastern and Western Connections and the Texas grid is the clearest example of both groups coming up against each other, with one relentlessly throwing up obstacles at every opportunity, and the other relentlessly overcoming them. It is possible, but not certain, that the interconnect will go live in 2016, and about time, too.

    According to Republicans, having a national plan for a national smart grid in the same manner as the Eisenhower plan for the Interstate Highway System would be Soshulist tyranny, so we are having to work at it piecemeal. There is substantial funding for such projects, which have succeeded in staying under the radar in large part because each piece benefits the region it is being deployed in by various private companies and state governments. The Feds are supposed to just send the money.

    As Harry Truman said

    You can get a lot done if you don't mind who gets the credit.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 03:15:47 PM PST

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