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This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions


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Vapor rises from a geothermal power station along the coast of the Salton Sea near Calipatria, CA,

Getting the okay to connect has gotten harder and harder. According to Rand’s research, between 2000 and 2010 it took around two years for a project to make it through the queue. Now, it’s taking almost twice as long.

Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

To achieve America's goal of shifting 80 percent of the country's electricity away from fossil fuels by the end of the decade, there will have to be a massive transformation. That means solar farms peppering the landscape from California to New York; offshore wind turbines standing high above the waves off the coast of New Jersey; nuclear power plants emitting steam in rural areas. Together, these projects would have to add around 950 gigawatts of new clean energy and 225 gigawatts of energy storage to the grid.

And right now, projects accounting for at least 930 gigawatts of clean energy capacity and 420 gigawatts of storage are waiting to be built across the country.

They just can't get connected to the grid.

These roadblocks known as "interconnection queues" — are slowing America's energy transition and the country's ability to respond to climate change.

From The Washington Post
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