As a recent report from KOMU illustrates, Columbia is stuck in infrastructure limbo with respect to needed investment in its transmission lines and substations. The report shows the council members who helped stop Option A, and who championed and then quietly abandoned Option E, deflecting questions by misquoting Water & Light and punting to a recently established committee whose chairperson stated it was not looking at transmission needs.
As has been explained in prior posts, we do need to strengthen our electric infrastructure now and also develop a clear plan for the future. Ignoring this issue is like putting off buying auto insurance because there hasn’t been a crash “yet”. Citizens deserve — but have not been getting — straightforward information, ongoing updates, and solutions that will keep the electrical infrastructure of Columbia up to par.
We invite those of you who are concerned and interested in finding a solution to join us in pursuing Vision: Lights On! Follow this blog for future updates.
For those who are learning the history of this issue, here is an index of past posts on this topic.
Transparency and Transmission: Getting to Real Facts (9/27/18)
Transparency and Transmission: Option E Costs More (9/05/18)
More on Transmission (2/20/18)
Keeping An Eye On Our Electric Service (8/21/18)
Vision: Lights On! (2/26/18)
Our Infrastructure: Why So Little Energy Moving Forward? (7/11/17)
What Could Help Us Move Forward? (12/19/16)
Information, Misinformation, Statesmen And Politics (11/15/16)
Information And Misinformation – 1 (10/20/16)
Information And Misinformation – 2 (11/06/16)
Information And Misinformation – 3 (11/07/16)
You Can Make A Difference (10/15/16)
Improving Our Infrastructure – You Can Help! (9/19/16)
The Transmission Line: Many Questions (9/07/16)