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Recent posts by Lucas Nelsen

Wind Energy and Lighting

Every day, rural communities benefit from wind energy. Wind development provides new income for landowners, new tax revenue to fund schools and services, and creates local career and job opportunities. County officials are responsible for enacting siting or zoning standards that help ensure wind development is supported by local residents. Many seek to address the issue of lighting.

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Transmission upgrades needed to adapt to changing landscape

As more renewable energy is developed across the nation, regulators and policymakers must prepare for the changing electric power landscape. Clean power commitments have increased at the county and city levels, with 11 counties and 104 cities nationwide pledging to 100 percent clean energy goals at the end of 2018.

The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a white paper, “Capacity for Change: The Role of Transmission Infrastructure in Energy Transition,” which takes a look at an electric transmission system that is evolving to take advantage of clean energy resources.

Paving the way for electric vehicles in rural America

Access to reliable transportation is essential for rural residents, especially for those who must travel significant distances for work, school, or medical services. But, these distances also create challenges for people living in rural areas, as certain types of transportation may appear to be out of the realm of possibility due to insufficient refueling options.

White Paper Recap: Electric Transmission Capacity and Renewable Energy

The United States’ electric transmission network was originally designed to connect large, fossil fuel-powered plants to population centers with high demand. The way we generate electricity has changed significantly, and the existing electric grid often fails to meet the needs of new generation.

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Capacity for Change: The Role of Transmission Infrastructure in Energy Transition

The nature of electricity in the U.S. has undergone significant change. A growing renewable energy industry has created competition for traditional fossil fuel generating resources in the marketplace. American consumers—both residential and commercial—have also voiced demand for cleaner electricity, leading utilities to pursue greater investment in renewables. Meanwhile, considerations for the retirement or conversion of aging generation with significant carbon emissions has grown, in particular coal-fired power plants.

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