cnbc.com/2022/08/12/why-the-us-is-struggling-to-modernize-its-power-grid.html
Of the $12.86 billion in grid-modernization investment under consideration, regulators only approved $478.7 million during the quarter. Certain state and regional regulators often have political incentives to fight against changes to the power grid. Blackouts are growing more frequent in the United States.

The average American experienced just over eight hours of power outages in 2020. "This is not because the grid has changed, but because there is so much greater threat from extreme weather," said Alison Silverstein, an independent consultant. The overall duration of power interruptions in the U.S. more than doubling since 2015.

There were a total of 549 policy and deployment actions on grid modernization during the second quarter of 2022. Of the $12.86 billion in investment under consideration, regulators only approved $478.7 million. "Electricity systems are an area of shared federal and state jurisdictions," says Romany Webb, senior fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

State and regional regulators often have political incentives to fight against changes to the power grid. "The fact that we have this split authority between the federal government and the states is one of the factors that contributes to the complexity of the sort of modernizing the grid," Webb says.

Those directly affected by grid-modernization efforts say there are valid reasons to fight against such disruptive projects. "These projects are very destructive to the land," says Susan Ralston, president of Citizens for Responsible Solar. "We're trying to preserve the rural nature of our country," she says.
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