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I see the idea of long distance power transmission, like this, just to get wind (or other renewables) from where it is generated into a place like NYC a bit silly. Is it just so NYC can say it is green powered? If the power is generated hundreds of miles away, say in Iowa, why not consume it there? If/when they have 100% renewable and have extra, then ship it off somewhere.

You want to power NYC with clean power because we want everywhere in the US to be powered with clean power. To get to a high level of renewables nationally, we must be able to supply our large cities, like New York City. Obviously nobody advocates running NYC on Iowa wind while Iowa is still burning coal for their own consumption. That is silly to suggest.

You have to build the capacity to export and import power long before you get to 100% within a region, because output from most renewables doesn't always occur on same schedule as local consumption. Inter-regional energy transmission is just one aspect of proposed grid improvements that will enable a high percentage of clean renewable energy to power the nation.
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