This is “deja vu all over again”.... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9j%C3%A0_vu
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gave us National Interest Corridors for some of the same unbuilt, shovel-ready projects still “talked about“ today. https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/edg/media/NIETC_Fact_Sheet.pdf
Today, transmission siting remains the critical path. The engaged public has learned how to slow and, in some cases, stop big OH transmission lines in their proverbial “backyard”. Undergrounding and railroad rights-of-way will help.
In years past, Western Area Power Administration had federal Transmission Infrastructure Program dollars https://www.wapa.gov/transmission/TIP/Pages/development.aspx available with few, if any, developers wanting the federal government involved in their projects.
Private money is eagerly available for transmission projects that will bring renewables to load if and when they have an “off-taker” aka customer.
Therefore, let the private sector build the electric transmission grid, and let’s all focus more on the electrification of smart cities with our tax dollars supporting good civil infrastructure like roads and bridges, water and sewer, ports and more. https://infrastructurereportcard.org/
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