Center for Rural Affairs Energy Advocate and map designer Johnathan Hladik stated, “We believe wind energy projects are best when they involve the entire community in planning and when the opportunity is shared broadly. We encourage local advocates, elected officials and others to get involved in the planning process around these lines.”
Twenty proposed projects across the region are mapped along with detailed and updated development information at www.cfra.org/clean-energy-transmission-map.
“These transmission projects are critical to unleashing the tremendous wind power potential of the region, and hold the key to the thousands of jobs projected to come from wind farm development,” explained Hladik.
“Clean energy transmission is more important now than ever. Congress, the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are all working to change the way renewable energy is integrated into the electric grid,” added Hladik. “Now is the time to make your voice heard, to become familiar with these issues and make sure that new transmission lines are built in a way that works best for you, your community, and your economy.”
The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a report, Connect the Dots: Transmission and Rural America, highlighting the rural economic potential of wind energy development that will be unleashed if transmission projects like these are advanced. That report can be found at www.cfra.org/files/Connect_the_Dots.pdf