Conservation + Renewables instead of Big Powerlines
Saw this article in USA Today about proposed big powerline projects so that northeastern and southwest cities can have enough and cheaper power delivered from the midwest and northwest. The price tags are huge and there are always problems associated with big ROWs.
I like reading about what people on this site are doing with local and renewable energy conservation and production. It seems the federal government is looking in the opposite direction. I have not studied it, but one might guess that tax credits for solar, wind, and conservation might be a better alternative to big powerlines.
I do know that our local power company with it's big coal fired plants is proposing a 30% rate hike. So cheap midwest electricity may not always be cheap.
Here is a link that might be useful: USA Today Article on Powerlines