Researchers study links across U.S. grids to move renewable energy & share capacity

By Michelle Froese This article was originally published by Iowa State University. Read it in its entirety here.
This map shows the country’s three primary power grids — the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas — and the seven small connections between the eastern and western grids. (Image: NREL)
The nearly 4,000 wind turbines all over the Iowa countryside, totaling more than 6,900 MW, provided almost 37% of all in-state electricity production in 2016. That’s enough to power about 1.8 million homes.
But, on cool, windy days, when production is high and local demand is low, the market for any

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