Sierra Club Works to Modernize Electricity Grid, Promote Renewable Energy Use
May 25, 2011
The Law Program is increasingly engaged with PJM, the "Regional Transmission Organization" that oversees much of the power grid from the east coast to the Midwest. Working with our allies, Sierra Club helped put the brakes on the massive Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) that would have poured coal-fired power from the Ohio River valley into the east coast, displacing cleaner energy sources. Currently, Sierra Club is helping to lead a coalition of consumer groups and environmental advocates working with PJM to update its planning process to integrate renewable power, energy efficiency, and demand resources into the grid. At the same time, the Club is helping the organization design a sound retirement process to help it efficiently accommodate the closure of thousands of megawatts of aging coal-fired power plants. The goal is to end coal's lock on the power system, replacing it with a highly reliable and effective grid driven by clean power systems.
Details and Documents:
PJM System Planning: Enhancements for the 21st Century
June 20, 2011, Synapse Report
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