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.

Electricity now flows across continents, courtesy of direct current.

We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem.  [we need more transmission lines, faster]

New transmission connects renewable energy

"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.]

DOE: More Transmission Equals A Lot More U.S. Wind Energy

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.]

National Grid's proposed transmission line will ship 1.2 GW of renewables from Canada

Renewable energy is booming & getting cheaper. We need more of it, faster.

The Wind and Solar Boom by Goldman Sachs.

Countries With the Most Wind and Solar Have 10 Times Fewer Outages Than America.

Wind & solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

Renewable energy is becoming so cheap the US will meet Paris commitments even if Trump withdraws

NREL Confirms Wind & Solar Have Cheapest Generation Costs

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

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]

Renewables Are Expected to Dominate Global Power Generation by 2040

"We Could Install 3,000 GW of Solar Power By 2035" [a $1.8 Trillion opportunity for economic growth]

So, let's talk green: A 100% ‘renewable’ world.

Interactive Map Shows Every Wind Farm in America

Renewable energy no threat to the electric grid, as Trump aides claim.

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.]

Europe Must Triple Offshore Wind Growth Rate To Bring Paris Goals Within Reach.


Is the Hyperloop a thing?  Will it improve transportation?

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Has Begun Construction on the Passenger Hyperloop Capsule

Seattle to Portland in 15 minutes? Pacific Hyperloop begins campaign to make it so.

See for Yourself: SpaceX Shows Off New Hyperloop Test Tube

South Korea Is Building a Hyperloop [WIRED]

Elon Musk Says He Has Approval to Build a Hyperloop from New York to Washington

In Defense of Elon Musk’s Audacious, Insane, Brilliant, Crazy Plan for an East Coast Hyperloop.

The Hyperloop race heats up as one startup begins building a full-size passenger pod

Hyperloop travel is coming to Europe

This Is What It Feels Like to Ride In a Hyperloop

Great News for Everyone! Elon Musk Is Building a Hyperloop

World Subway Map Shows What a Hyperloop-Powered Future May Look Like

Could These World Maps Be the Future of a Connected Hyperloop?

Hyperloop Train From Montreal To Toronto In 2020

Interest in Hyperloop Transportation System Grows

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to connect all of Europe, starting with the Czech Republic

A New “Tube Transport” System Could Get You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

Dutch testing tube unveiled by Hyperloop transport system

This $130 million 'Hyperloop Hotel' would allow people to travel between cities in luxury rooms.

High-speed "Hyperloop" tubes could connect Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh

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]

In Qatar, nearly 24 tunneling machines are digging a subway system for the 2022 World Cup

The end is near for Bertha: After nearly 2 miles in 4 years, tunnel machine about to break through.

Smooth sailing for the boring machine under Hooghly 

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:

Think Tank Report Insists Transition to Renewable Energy a Matter of National Security

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.]

Climate Change May Force Millions Of Americans To Move Inland

We can now charge moving vehicles along highways

Analysis predicts extremely disruptive, total transition to EV / autonomous vehicles in 13 years

India Is A Power Surplus Country; The Problem Lies In Transmission And Distribution

AC or HVDC? To Slash Offshore Wind Costs, America Needs to Think Carefully About Transmission [GE Energy]

We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, a study finds.

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

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.]

President Trump Has An Oil Problem

Shell Plans to Spend $1 Billion a Year on Clean Energy by 2020 [CEO says shift to renewables, electric cars is accelerating]

Solar represented 13% of California’s power in 2016

100% Renewable Energy System for Finland in 2050

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?]

Old Coal Mines Have a Place in the Future of Clean Energy

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:

Our Best Shot at Meeting Paris Goals? Make Energy Public

Electricity for nearly 75% of United States is provided by not-for-profit electric cooperatives [by geographical area]

Why Public Control of Infrastructure Matters

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]

After Barring Girls for Leggings, United Airlines Defends Decision