Legislative Efforts Aim to Improve State’s Energy Transmission System

· Apr. 5, 2010, 3:59 pm

There's a push to get farmers on the plains to turn wind into energy. The trouble is, it's hard to get that power to people who could use it. Transmission lines are strained; utilities say the state needs to invest $2 billion in new lines over the next 10 years to meet growing energy demand. Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, a Golden Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would let utilities recoup the costs of building new transmission lines while they're being built instead of after. She says that would be an incentive for companies to erect new lines that carry electricity from rural areas to urban ones. Ryan Warner talks to Craig Cox, executive director of Conifer-based Interwest Energy Alliance, a regional trade group representing renewable energy companies, and Chris Rundell, who owns a ranch near Lamar and is a member of Prairie Wind Energy, a partnership to build a wind farm in Prowers County.

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