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Sen. Kerry Calls for Progress on Creating Nationwide Grid

EEI Daily Energy News

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., expressed his frustration with the lack of progress on the job of developing a nationwide grid and promoting the smart grid at a hearing of his Senate subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, Environment and Energy Daily reported.  Kerry declared: "We all hear the virtues of a smart grid, but I get a little frustrated in a sense when we don't even have an American grid."

Kerry speculated about the possible need to overhaul FERC to ensure the development of a smart grid and the creation of a nationwide grid. He spoke of "a gaping hole in the middle of our nation, which prohibits investment" in new grid projects. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., added that the smart grid offered relatively easy progress on energy issues and had the "real potential to be a win-win" technology.

Tendril Networks CEO Adrian Tuck testified to the committee: "The role of the government is to level the playing field, giving access to information and a price of carbon. I don't need a check; I don't need money from the government. I need a level playing field. I need a marketplace."

Environment and Energy Daily, Feb. 24.