IE Questions: Super Grid! Spanning Continents In A Single Bound!

Somewhere in the world, the sun and wind are always shining and blowing, and people are always using electricity. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get renewable power from the windy and sunny places to the power hungry places? That was presumably the thinking behind a question posed by an Inside Energy audience member:

Would transmission losses be too high to sustain an international green power electrical grid? The short answer: Yes. An international power grid would sustain huge transmission losses and would therefore be too expensive to be feasible, right now. But in some situations, regional or continental grids do make financial sense and are already under development.

Comic: In the energy waiting room, nuclear power knits a scarf, transmission towers play poker, and a hydroelectric dam takes a nap.

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When it comes to modernizing our energy systems, we’re often forced to wait on new technology to mature (fusion, energy storage). But sometimes, technologies already exist, yet aren’t always used to their full potential. Some examples include nuclear power, hydroelectric dams, long-distance transmission line. Why aren’t these technologies more widespread? Vote on our next energy question to be answered!