U.S. must invest in upgrades to electric grid, experts say

02/3/2009 | Google

Demand for electricity is surging in the U.S., and the ASCE says the nation's electricity grid will need a $1.5 trillion investment over the next 20 years to provide the additional capacity. The U.S. will not achieve the "green revolution" supported by President Barack Obama without a major overhaul of the grid, experts say. "Our biggest problem is building enough transmission lines to adequately transfer the power where it is needed and allow us to have redundant system for the maintenance," said Otto Lynch, vice president at Power Line Systems.

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