Last Monday, the Energy Highway Task Force submitted to the Governor its comprehensive “energy highway” blueprint to increase energy transmission in the state.

The blueprint calls for adding up to 3,200 megawatts of new electricity generation and transmission capacity in the state. It calls for $1 billion in new transmission lines, $675 million in new renewable energy generation, $2.5 billion for modernizing existing power plants and building new ones, $250 million for “smart grid” projects that make the electrical system more efficient and the acceleration of $1.3 billion in transmission and distribution upgrades.