The distinct three energy grids as such exist in the United States (the Western Interconnection, the Eastern Interconnection, and the Texas Interconnection or ERCOT) unnecessarily constrain the United States in addressing its future energy needs, as electricity flow between the three grids is very limited. As our country’s reliance on traditional nonrenewable energy sources like coal continue to decline and the reliance on renewable energy sources continues to grow, the United States should focus on replacing the existing three-grid system with a national energy grid that will benefit energy companies and consumers, as well as serve our future energy needs. This Article provides both an overview of the current energy system in the United States and evidence in support of a solution—creation of a national energy grid.
Ralph A. Cantafio & Miles C. Nowak,
Solving the Interconnection Problem,
Tex. A&M J. Prop. L.
Available at: https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.37419/JPL.V7.I3.19