A recent analysis found 245 clean energy projects that were withdrawn during the advanced stages of development, with many blaming a lack of transmission capacity.
“The idea would be to make Michigan less of an electrical peninsula,” a state utility regulator said.
Clean energy advocates say the Midwest needs to change how it plans — and pays for — transmission projects.
A dip in wind output during last month’s deep freeze is now fueling debate about the nation’s embrace of renewable energy.
Smart grid upgrades may offer less risk in some areas, but experts say conventional transmission projects are still needed in others.