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New rules to overhaul electric grids could boost wind and solar power

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved significant changes to the U.S. electric grid's planning and funding processes
• These changes are intended to promote the integration of renewable energy by facilitating the construction of new high-voltage power lines across the nation

🔭 The context: This new regulation is seen as the most substantial update in over a decade, addressing the slow development of necessary infrastructure that has been hampered by short-term planning and fragmented authority among regional operators
• It aims to encourage long-term planning with a 20-year outlook considering future energy needs and environmental conditions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The overhaul is critical for the transition to renewable energy, aiming to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and mitigate the impacts of climate change
• By supporting the development of infrastructure for wind and solar energy, it aligns with broader climate goals and supports states with ambitious renewable targets

⏭️ What's next: The implementation of these rules could face challenges, including legal actions from states concerned about cost-sharing and practical difficulties in building the necessary infrastructure
• The success of these changes will largely depend on how effectively grid operators can adapt to and enact the new long-term planning requirements

💬 One quote: "We must plan our nation's grid for the long term," said Willie Phillips, chair of the energy commission "Without significant action now, we won't be able to keep the lights on in the face of increasing demand, extreme weather, and new technologies"

📈 One stat: Nationwide, over 11,000 wind, solar, and battery projects have been proposed, highlighting the urgent need for enhanced grid capacity to accommodate this growth

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