WASHINGTON, DC – A bill authored by Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) to expand the production of superconducting and other advanced electric transmission cables was added by Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA) as an amendment to the American Clean Energy and Security Act under consideration in the Energy and Commerce Committee. The measure aims to improve transmission efficiency, increase the reliability of the power grid, and assist in the deployment of alternative energies.
“Rep. Inslee's efforts to bring this before the Committee are commendable and come from our shared interest in moving forward on the next generation of transmission technology. I am pleased that the Energy and Commerce Committee has adopted this measure, recognizing the need for more efficiency and reliability in America’s transmission infrastructure. Super conducting cables that can be buried below ground will not only minimize the loss of energy during transmission, but provide a more reliable siting alternative to the overhead copper lines used today. This is exactly the type of energy-efficient technology that that will help us build a clean energy economy that produces energy savings for consumers and reduces our impact on the environment.”
Advanced Cable Deployment Authorization Act of 2009 (H.R. 2347)
The Advanced Cable Deployment Authorization Act of 2009 makes transmission loan guarantee funds authorized in the Economic Recovery Act and other energy laws available for the manufacture of superconducting electrical cable and other efficient wires.
Benefits of implementing new transmission technology:
• More reliable, secure grid: the latest cables can adjust rapidly and automatically to disruptions, whether weather-related or willful.
• Environmental benefits: underground cables move power with greater efficiency as overhead wires, meaning a dramatically reduced footprint and less land use.