UMTDI report calls for $3B in renewable, transmission developments in Midwest region

By Dorothy Davis

The Upper Midwest Transmission Development Initiative (UMTDI), a committee representing the Dakotas, Iowa, Minessota, and Wisconsin has released a report recommending the construction of six new transmission corridors in order to harness more than 15,000-megawatts of potential wind energy needed by 2025.

Established in 2008, the UMTDI was tasked with addressing regional transmission planning and cost issues related to distribution of renewable energy across the five state area.

The report identifies 20 key renewable energy zones (assuming a potential minimum capacity of 750-megawatts) in the region best suited for the development of wind power. These zones if developed would then be interconnected through six transmission corridors that would distribute energy to consumers and establish a foundation for future growth.

The estimated cost for the suggested developments would be around $3 billion dollars, which would be incurred over time and spread across the greater Midwest region if a proposal submitted to federal energy regulators is approved.

Specific routes for the new transmission lines have not been proposed by the UMTDI.

Read the full report here: UMTDI Executive Final Report

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