Advocates are touting an approach to building energy transmission lines that incorporates broadband and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“The concept is, as we build out the transmission infrastructure, to coordinate the planning of that build to couple transmission together with broadband and EV charging — and doing it all within highway right-of-ways,” NextGen Highways’ Randy Satterfield said yesterday during a Wisconsin Technology Council event in Madison.

This organization includes members of the Minnesota-based Great Plains Institute, a transportation nonprofit in Georgia called The Ray and several independent consultants working to advance this approach, Satterfield explained. Funding for the group’s efforts has come from renewable energy groups such as the Energy Foundation and the McKnight Foundation as well as Breakthrough Energy.

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