Democratic congressional leaders and the Obama administration plan to push for greater federal authority to locate electric transmission lines.
They say the current power grid stands in the way of developing alternative energy sources.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada plans to introduce legislation that gives federal regulators authority to override states on electric grid placement decisions.
While states should be given every opportunity to participate, Reid says there may come a time when the federal government will have to step in.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he’s ready to open federal land to renewable energy projects and to map out energy corridors. But, he warned, the power grid of today won’t get the new energy to the markets that need it.
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