This new transmission line will help unleash wind energy in the Great Plains

Photo by Michael Kappel

Photo by Michael Kappel

By David Roberts, Vox

Wind and sunlight have many advantages as fuel sources, but one big drawback is that they aren’t portable. You can’t carry them to a power plant. You have to build the power plant wherever you find them.

That puts the US in an awkward situation, because the most intense wind and sunlight tend to be found in remote, low-population areas — think the sunny desert Southwest or the windy Great Plains.

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