Is Grid Mordenization Important ?
Do Americans support grid modernization?
That seems to be an unanswered question and that’s the problem.
I Googled various iterations of “polling on grid modernization” to see if I could find a poll or survey that specifically asked Americans if they support updating the electric grid infrastructure. Or, at the very least, understood its importance.
The results were disappointing, but not surprising.
I uncovered lots of polls on how we favor moving to a 100% clean energy electricity grid by 2035. I also found a multitude of articles about how important it is to fix the grid. I did not find a single poll/survey that posed the question to Americans on whether they support grid modernization – not clean energy generation – because they are two very different things.
And therein lies the problem. Our strategy is completely backward. For that the blame can be squarely placed on our political leadership. Our political process has become one of “how do we stay in power” versus “how can we make our country better.”
The result is lots of incentives for solar and EVs and almost zero discussion related to upgrading the electric grid – which by the way – is the single most important thing we can do to advance clean energy. It may not be sexy. It may not garner votes, but it is essential to get to net-zero.
Until Washington begins to educate citizens of the importance of grid modernization, and build support, not only to achieve our climate change goals, but to ensure our energy security, in the not-too-distant future, we’ll find ourselves spinning our wheels.
About the Author :
Mr. Tony Paradiso is a 40+ years veteran of the Greentech industry, he brings his extensive, broad-based experience to support renewable energy, solar and other green companies.
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