A federal lab found a way to modernize the grid, reduce reliance on coal, and save consumers billions. Then Trump appointees blocked it.https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/08/how-trump-appointees-short-circuited-grid-modernization/615433/
Aaron Bloom, then at NREL, sent this email after a week of political blowback against the research project that he led: The Interconnections Seam Study or "Seams." It is addressed to 13 electric...https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/7040450-EMAIL-Update-From-NREL-August-22-2018.html
The "Seams" study's final report remains unpublished 2 years later.
This July 2018 draft report on NREL's Interconnections Seam Study was released for comment at Iowa State University's Transgrid-X conference and posted to NREL's website. In August 2018 it was...https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/7039256-NREL-Seams-Study-v14-Draft-Released-at-Iowa.html
In 2018, Trump appointees short-circuited U.S. grid modernization to help the coal industry by suppressing the Interconnections Seam Study. The study showed that a “supergrid” capable of shipping...https://www.invw.org/2020/08/20/who-killed-the-supergrid/