Renewable Energy System is on the Way

President Obama plans to spend billions on building an interstate highway-style system for energy.
June 17, 2009, 11am PDT | Liyuan Huang
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President Obama is considering spending billions of dollars on building an interstate clean energy system, in which carbon-belching, coal-fired power will be replaced by renewable energy generated from sun and wind.

"Power engineers are already sketching the outlines of the next-generation electrical grid that will keep our homes and factories humming with clean-but fluctuating-renewable energy. The idea is to expand the grid from the top down by adding thousands of miles of robust new transmission lines, while enhancing communication from the bottom up with electronics enabling millions of homes and businesses to optimize their energy use."

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Published on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 in Discover Magazine
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