The U.S isn’t ready for a massive shift towards solar and wind energy—based on current utility infrastructure

In the near future, the energy made in the U.S. is going to be much greener.

The country’s current goal is for solar plants alone to make nearly half of U.S. electricity by 2050. But we can’t just build solar plants where coal and gas plants used to be. They have to be built where it’s… sunny. And wind turbines have to be built where it’s windy. The problem is, that’s not always where the people who need the power are.

The distance from the energy source to the energy need is about to get a lot bigger. And the U.S. is going to need more high-voltage transmission lines. A lot more. As soon as possible. While solar plants can be built relatively fast, high-voltage transmission projects can take up to 10 years.

So experts say we need to start proactively building them, right now.

This video was produced by Vox.

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