We already heard that the stimulus bill will help build California's high speed rail and now a project to add electrical transmission capacity in Oregon is being pushed forward thanks to the bill. Bonneville Power Administration can go ahead with their $246-million, 870-MW McNary-John Day project after the bill's funds removed a "major uncertainty" about its future.
When completed in 2012, the project will enable the transmission of 700 MW of wind power within the 870 MW of new capacity created and it will create 700 jobs when construction begins this spring. The transmission lines will run from Umatilla, Oregon, parallel with the Columbia River all the way to the John Day substation.
As renewable energy grows across the U.S., increased transmission capacity will be necessary to get that energy to the grid. The fact that this project alone will enable 700 MW of wind energy to get to Northwest grid is great proof that along with technological innovation, we also need infrastructure upgrades to make sure renewable energy is successful in our country. I hope that the energy portion of the bill brings many more positive stories like these.
written by Beave, February 24, 2009
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