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Study shows value of sharing energy – including wind and solar – across America’s grids

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State engineers contributed to a study of the economic value of significantly expanding the connections between the country’s eastern and western power grids. Expanding the connections could allow wind power from the Midwest and solar power from the Southwest to move back and forth across the country. The two-year, $1.5 million study was part of a $220 million Grid Modernization Initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy.