Biden administration announces major new initiatives to clean up the electric grid – Justine Calma

Block Island, R.I: Deepwater Wind installing the first offshore wind farm at Block Island, Rhode Island, August 14, 2016. | Photo by Mark Harrington/Newsday RM via Getty Images

On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced a slew of new moves to transition the US to renewable energy, with a focus on upgrading the power grid and using public lands and waters to harness solar, wind, and geothermal energy. It’s the administration’s latest effort to clean up the nation’s electricity grid, as Democrats struggle to make headway on key legislation needed to tackle the climate crisis.

The Department of Energy is rolling out a “Building a Better Grid” initiative, which will put federal dollars to work after the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure law allocated $65 billion for grid improvements. Notably, there’s $2.5 billion earmarked for new and improved transmission lines that will be crucial for zipping…

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