2010-06-25 Scientific American
Wrangling Renewables and the Smart Grid: How Can the [USA] Federal Government Change the Future of Electricity?
The commissioner of the federal agency responsible for electricity supply in the U.S. explains the ongoing transformation of the energy sector
Offshore wind turbines will line the Atlantic coast; vast solar arrays will cover swaths of the southwestern desert; transmission towers will cradle high-voltage direct current lines and take electricity from the windy Great Plains to the populated coasts. That is the renewable future for the U.S. that the Obama administration seems to envision and, certainly, what Jon Wellinghoff forecasts. And as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Wellinghoff has a better than even chance of making his vision a reality.