Most U.S. grids are getting cleaner – except the largest one

by Brian Eckhouse and Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg

Every major U.S. electricity grid is getting significantly greener.

Except for the massive one serving 65 million Americans.

That’s just as problematic as it sounds for the policymakers, power providers and climate activists looking to wean Americans off fossil fuels. While members of other systems move quickly to add solar and wind to their mixes and slash carbon emissions, the network that keeps the lights on from Chicago to Washington has effectively doubled down on natural gas.

In the past two years, it has boosted the amount of power generated with gas by 11,131 megawatts. And developers are planning 34,507 megawatts more. Meanwhile, solar and wind account for 1% of the grid’s installed capacity.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-18/every-u-s-grid-is-getting-greener-except-the-one-that-matters

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