See relevant news below that supports the need for Red Gopher. Note that Red Gopher will launch on Earth Day 2018 and begin accepting media requests shortly before launch.
News supporting the need for new electric power lines and/or a SuperGrid (a Power Superhighway system):
No one wants a new transmission line going through their backyard. Do you? Going underground fast & cheap with Red Gopher is the solution.
We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem. [we need more transmission lines, faster]
"Reforming transmission planning is the key to unlocking as much as forty-seven billion dollars in annual customer electric bill savings. That is due to a rapidly changing generation landscape." [eg Renewables & Natural Gas]
Asian “super grid” the first step towards a global, interconnected, renewable energy grid. [...working on an ambitious plan to link the entire globe together into an interconnected power grid that would let renewable energy be generated & used at any time, from anywhere.]
Expediting a Renewable Energy Future With High Voltage DC Transmission [GE Energy: HVDC is a highly versatile & economical solution that will not only support profitability goals for utilities, power plants, renewable generation owners and grid operators alike, but will also expedite the renewable energy future to bring cleaner, cheaper and more reliable power to all.]
DOE’s Grid Reliability Study Is Out. It’s a Rorschach Test for the Future of Electricity ["Replacing existing nuclear with equivalent wind/solar generation would require large investment in new transmission and additional back-up gas-fired generation and/or storage,” said Wade Schauer, director for Wood Mackenzie's Americas Power Research. “We already know a flexible, modern system with less coal and more renewables is the most reliable, resilient, and cost-effective path forward," said Jim Marston, vice president for clean energy at the Environmental Defense Fund.]
CAISO: Renewable energy curtailment could hit 8,000 MW this spring. [So much renewable energy that the grid can't handle it all without the ability to export power to other states; a bigger, beefier grid is needed!]
SPP sets North American record for wind power (and it's a massive amount). [SPP approved $10 billion in high-voltage transmission infrastructure over the last decade, with much of it being built in the Midwest to connect rural, isolated wind farms to population centers hundreds of miles away. Much more is needed...]
North Sea Wind Power Hub: A giant wind farm to power all of northern Europe. [“Without interconnectors, we’re not able to balance supply and demand and that’s crucial for the energy transition. It’s absolutely key,” explains the EU Energy Union’s Koska.]
Better power lines would help U.S. supercharge renewable energy, study suggests. [By 2030, with HVDC lines meeting at 32 nodes between regional grids, the United States could add enough wind and solar power to cut power sector emissions by up to 80% from 1990 levels.]
Transmission Projects Make Grid Reliable, Cleaner, and Invest in America [Transmission investment boosts job creation & economic development. One report found that every $1 billion invested in U.S. transmission infrastructure creates $2.4 billion in total economic activity and more than 13,000 full-time-equivalent jobs. That puts Americans to work.]
Renewable energy is booming & getting cheaper. We need more of it, faster.
California just generated enough solar power to meet half its energy needs. ["building out transmission lines to carry solar energy over state lines would broaden the demand"]
Wind and solar power are on track to exceed expectations. Again. [Lower cost than coal, nuclear & new natural gas plants everywhere & <= existing natural gas plants everywhere except high US shale fracking production regions]
"We Could Install 3,000 GW of Solar Power By 2035" [a $1.8 Trillion opportunity for economic growth]
Huge Arizona utility signs game-changing deal cutting solar power prices in half. [Sub-3-cents price is “less than half as much as it agreed to pay under similar contracts in recent years.” For context, the average U.S. residential price for electricity is 13 cents/kWh & avg commercial price is 10.5 cents/kWh.]
A beginner’s guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy. [...Two, transmission lines will have to be extended everywhere across the globe, to link VRE sources with demand & smooth out supply.]
Is the Hyperloop a thing? Will it improve transportation?
Why Red Gopher is superior to existing TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) technologies:
How fast can a tunnel boring machine drill, under good conditions? [60' per day = 18.3 meters / day]
Angeli the tunnel boring machine begins digging Regional Connector beneath DTLA [check out how complicated & slow this TBM is]
India’s first underwater rail tunnel completed ahead of schedule. [On average we've dug 35-40 meters every day, following which the digging of the entire tunnel length of 520 meters was completed in little more than a month,” the KMRCL officer said. Note: Red Gopher can dig 1,003 meters per day.]
FERC stops some drilling for Rover Pipeline. [RG does not need toxic lubricant oil that is at risk of spilling]
Misc news supporting Red Gopher's "Clean Energy Superhighway" system:
How electric utilities could revive their sagging fortunes and decarbonize the country [Overall, electrifying transportation and heating could lead to 105% growth in electricity demand from 2015 levels by 2050.]
Fossil fuels have entered an inevitable, irreversible downward spiral. Sell your fossil fuel stocks!
The Energy Endgame: We Already Have the Tools to End the Fossil Fuel Age [It took 60 years for Oil to get from 5% of world energy to the majority. Let's help renewables do it faster.]
Shell Plans to Spend $1 Billion a Year on Clean Energy by 2020 [CEO says shift to renewables, electric cars is accelerating]
Reporter's notebook: Be warned: $25 Oil is coming, and along with it, a new world order [where fossil fuel money loses its vice grip on world politics. Is this a future you want to accelerate?]
Why Red Gopher Corporation is a B Corporation (a Benefit Corporation, required to have a public purpose) and why we intend to set up each tunnel project as a not-for-profit Cooperative where 100% of profits are distributed to members:
Electricity for nearly 75% of United States is provided by not-for-profit electric cooperatives [by geographical area]
Who's sick & tired of traveling by airplane?
Climate change may ground a third of aircraft in coming decades-study [it's already happening in Phoenix & Las Vegas due to excessive heat reducing lift to unsafe levels]