Democratic-led states sign on to White House power grid plan

By Brian Dabbs | 05/28/2024 01:47 PM EDT

The initiative brings together 21 states to help upgrade grid technology to ship more power.

Power lines are seen in Pownal, Maine.

Power lines in Pownal, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

The Biden administration is teaming up with Democratic-leaning states to boost the capacity to ship electricity through upgrades to existing power lines — an effort to break a logjam in delivering clean energy to cities and suburbs.

Twenty-one states, including major markets like California and New York, are forming the Federal-State Modern Grid Deployment Initiative, according to a White House announcement Tuesday.

The initiative comes as projections for rapidly rising electricity demand into the 2030s collide with the slow-moving expansion of U.S. high-voltage power grids.


“We are at a remarkable moment in the power sector decarbonization journey,” White House climate adviser Ali Zaidi said at an event Tuesday. “This year, we will add more electric generation capacity to the grid than we have in two decades — two decades. And 96 percent of that will be clean.”