For decades, electicity generation has been thought of as a local issue. But this antiquated view is holding back the nation’s transition to clean energy. Steve Cicala, from the Harris School of Public Policy, explains why in a discussion with host Sam Ori.
In March, the Department of Energy approved a project that would build transmission lines to carry wind energy from the windy plains to the mid-South and Southeast—suppling enough wind energy to power more than 1.5 million homes. But because existing power plants would be competed out of the market with this cheap electricity, local leaders are doing everything they can to stop it. This is part of a long trend in our country of treating electricity generation as a local issue. And, it’s hurting our transition to clean energy. Steve Cicala, from the Harris School of Public Policy, explains why in a discussion with host Sam Ori.