Monday, March 9, 2009

Feds To Take Control Of Electric Superhighway

A couple weeks ago, in "Ruling gives power line authority back to states" we said:
Expect to read a lot about FERC, Kelo v. City of New London, NIMBY, Green vs. green, etc. in the next six months....
Here it comes. From Forbes:

Proposed bill could give U.S. government authority to grant permits for transmission lines when states delay approval.

Chalk up one for the federalists. Last week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced a bill that would give the federal government authority to grant permits for new electric transmission lines, trumping states' jurisdiction on the matter.

Reid's bill, the Clean Renewable Energy and Economic Development Act, provides a regulatory framework for the development of a national electric superhighway, a network of high-voltage power lines that would transmit electricity from remotely located wind and solar farms to energy-hungry urban areas....MORE