The projects, below, made the initial priority list of 50. According to Forbes (see the article link below), these could add 9 gigawatts of clean energy to our nation’s infrastructure. Included, too, are several mass transit and electric rail projects that would generate many thousands more new jobs.
Project #9 Plains and Eastern Electric Transmission Lines
This 720-mile transmission line will move cheap, clean, wind power energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to Memphis, Tennessee, providing enough low-cost clean energy for more than 1 million homes in the mid-South. Would create 3,300 jobs.
Project #12: Hydroelectric Plants operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Corps produces revenue of $5 billion per year from hydro plants they own and operate throughout the country. The turbines are 50 years old and replacing them will dramatically increase the production of clean energy desperately needed. Would provide 550 jobs.
Project #16. The TransWest Express Transmission is a high-voltage, direct current regional electric transmission system that will reliably deliver cost-effective renewable energy produced at a Wyoming wind farm to the Desert Southwest region (California, Nevada, Arizona). Private funding: Anschutz Corporation. Would generate 3,000 jobs.
Project #17. Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Farm Power Company of Wyoming LLC’s Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project is an up-to-1,000-turbine wind farm to be located south of Sinclair and Rawlins in Carbon County, Wyoming. Authority: Wyoming Power Company ( Anschutz Corporation). Would create 1,000 jobs.
Project #21: Champlain Hudson Power Express
The Champlain Hudson Power Express project would bring up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable power to the New York metro area. Would generate 1,000 jobs
Project #49: Energy Storage and Grid Modernization
Fearing blackouts, the California Public Utilities Commission has mandated a series of mitigation measures, including an expedited procurement for local energy storage resources. The more renewable energy that can be store during the day, the less need to fire up fossil fuel generators as electricity demand increases in the evening. Jobs: Variable
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