North American Supergrid
The North American Super Grid Project is being done in partnership with the Climate Institute in Washington D.C. Through this partnership the GIS program is acquiring and using national data sets to help create an optimized route for a proposed HVDC (high-voltage, direct current) energy grid.
This project will look at the current energy grid system for North America for a possible upgrade. Currently the country has an AC grid, which is above ground. The potential new HVDC grid would be buried beneath the ground. The decrease in overhead lines needed would be beneficial for the environment.
This project is a feasibility study to check if the desired changes, an underground HVDC grid, are possible. The GIS Project is reviewing the primary concerns of soil properties and right of ways (ex: highways and Native American land). To learn more click here.