WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Improvements to the electrical transmission grid in the United States will create thousands of jobs in 12 states, the White House said Wednesday.
The Obama administration announced plans for seven new transmission lines and said it would work to speed up permitting and construction. The price tag for the projects wasn't provided.
"The president wants to get America working again. He is committed to cutting red tape and making immediate investments to put people to work modernizing our roads, bridges, airports, and energy systems," said Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality. "Building a smarter electric grid will create thousands of American jobs and accelerate the growth of domestic clean energy industries translating into more energy choices and cost savings for American consumers, and a more secure energy future for our country."
The states involved are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Wisconsin.