DOE reportedly suppressing study that could boost renewables, transmission deployment
- Aug 26, 2020 12:01 am GMT
Despite their differences on energy policy, it’s often said that Republicans and Democrats agree the need to upgrade the nation’s electric transmission infrastructure.
But the final release of a National Renewable Energy Laboratory study that would spur significant transmission development is reportedly being blocked by the Trump administration because the study also likely would hasten the rate at which coal-fired power plants are replaced with renewable generation.
The study is the Interconnections Seam Study and it models the outcomes of four scenarios of improving the links between the Eastern and Western interconnections and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
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