Clean energy, aging grid to get big increases under infrastructure agreement

WASHINGTON – The country’s aging energy grid and growing energy sector are set to receive significant increases under a $ 550 billion bilateral infrastructure agreement reached by the Senate and White House.

Although the details of the deal are still few, the deal includes $ 73 billion to expand clean energy sources and move from place to place, the White House said in a statement. “As the country seeks to break free from gas-powered cars and trucks, it will spend an additional $ 7.5 billion to build charging stations across the United States.

At the same time, the agreement removes major barriers to receiving clean energy and works to cut red tape for the complex construction of much-needed new power lines, the White House said in a statement.

President Joe Biden’s far-fetched budget, which included $ 100 billion in the US plan in March, $ 174 billion for power grids, $ 464 billion for electric vehicles and $ 46 billion for clean energy manufacturing, is far from clear. Democrats, however, are expected to call for a $ 3.5 trillion plan to divert most of the proceeds to Republican support.

See pure energy supplies in a bilateral agreement:

New transmission lines

Two major energy challenges – resistance and emission – both depend on a common condition – the power grid.

A securely connected electrical network allows any region to better cope with disturbances affecting local power generation capabilities. If this year’s power crisis in Texas worsens, the state’s isolation from other energy sources is an inadequate backup.

Transmission lines, such as wind, solar, and geothermal, are essential for the widespread distribution of renewable energy. Fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, can be built near the general use of electricity. But clean energy often has to travel long distances to the community, for example, from windy or sunny parts of the country.

That requires new high-voltage transmission lines — and the White House’s $ 73 billion investment will include the construction of “thousands of miles of new, unconventional transmission lines” to expand renewable energy.

‘Grid Deployment Authority’

Another major obstacle to building new power lines is the need for endless red tape and construction sites, say energy industry analysts.

Unlike interstate state gas or gas pipelines, there is no single federal authority that can apply for a permit to build power lines. Long-distance, high-voltage lines cross many states, municipalities, and other states that may require various permits — or will never be granted.

The bilateral agreement will create a new federal body called the Grid Deployment Authority to “finance and encourage the development of high-voltage transmission lines,” the White House said. The authority in the Department of Energy will use existing public property-roads, roads and railways to protect road rights for the new power lines.

Electric vehicles

This is the first such investment by the federal government for $ 7.5 billion for electric charging stations, the Biden administration said. But to achieve the goal of building half a million charging stations across the country, Biden said it was less than 5 percent.

Consumers often cite “regional stress” – the fear that the electric vehicle will run out of money before charging – as a key factor in expecting it to go as an electrician. The White House said the funding will focus on highways, communities and “rural, poor and inaccessible areas.”

Another cost

The Infrastructure Agreement seeks to accelerate smart grid development, advanced distribution, and the development of “next-generation technologies,” although it is not immediately clear how much it will spend or spend on those priorities.

In particular, the White House has identified a number of technologies that are generally considered “clean” but not “renewable”. That means they produce little or no greenhouse gas emissions, but still use endless amounts of fuel like the sun and wind.

Among them are sophisticated nuclear power plants, as well as carbon-rich, yet expensive technology that seeks to capture carbon dioxide emissions by burning coal and natural gas and storing it before it enters the atmosphere. The agreement also includes “pure hydrogen,” which will be used to generate renewable hydrogen gas, which can be burned without emissions.

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