Offshore wind advocates want better coordination on electric grid upgrades

Energy News Network: Offshore wind advocates say a more coordinated approach to electric grid upgrades in New England could save money and minimize ecological disruption.

Currently, developers pay for upgrading transmission lines to accommodate their projects, though that cost is ultimately shared by electricity customers. The price tag is expected to grow as the region adds as much as 40 gigawatts of generation to meet state renewable goals. That has some calling for a different, more planned approach to expanding the region’s electric grid capacity.

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