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Obama Administration Officials to Announce Job-Creating Grid Modernization Pilot Projects

October 4, 2011 - 5:03pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, White House CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy Lauren Azar will hold a press conference call to announce grid modernization pilot projects for accelerated Federal permitting tomorrow, October 5, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. 

The Administration’s recently formed Rapid Response Team for Transmission (RRTT) will announce steps to accelerate responsible and informed deployment of several key transmission facilities.  When built, the pilot projects will create thousands of construction and operations jobs, and help to transform the Nation’s electric system into a modern, 21st century grid that is safer, more secure, and gives consumers more choices about their energy.

These jobs and projects are examples of the kind of work that could be accelerated if Congress passed the President’s American Jobs Act.  Through its immediate investments in infrastructure and a bipartisan National Infrastructure Bank, the American Jobs Act will help to modernize roads, rail, airports, energy systems, and waterways while putting hundreds of thousands of workers back on the job across the country.  These investments would not only put people to work now, but also yield lasting benefits for the economy, increasing growth in the long run.

WHO:          Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

                    Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

                    Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality

                    Lauren Azar, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy

WHAT:       Call on the Administration’s announcement of grid modernization pilot projects.

WHEN:       Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

CALL:         To participate in the call, dial 888-942-8509 and ask for the “Transmission Call.”  The passcode is TRANSMISSION.