Resolution Promoting Wireless Electricity Transmission

Summary

The resolution states the importance of developing wireless electricity transmission to the United States economy. The resolution calls upon all levels of government to work cooperatively with the private sector, nonprofits, and academia to develop and support robust wireless electricity transmission awareness, adoption, and use programs. The resolution also calls use public private partnerships to development a more robust electricity grid that can withstand electromagnetic pulse events.

Resolution Promoting Wireless Electricity Transmission

WHEREAS, components of the various electric transmission grids across the United States rely on physical transmission architecture including wires and towers that require continuous inspection, maintenance and right-of-way vegetative mitigation; and

WHEREAS, the mechanical electric transmission grid is made up of over 150,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 5.5 million miles of distribution lines1 and

WHEREAS, the mechanical electric transmission grid infrastructure has incurred significant capital losses related to major weather events including floods, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy affecting millions of Americans; and

WHEREAS, research shows that a that the current mechanical grid architecture continues to be exposed to natural disasters including floods, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes, “Power delivery systems are most vulnerable to storms and extreme weather events;”2 and

WHEREAS, research also shows, “Any of the system’s principal elements – power generation, transmission or distribution – could be targeted for a cyberattack;”3 and

WHEREAS, “in recent years, due to the major changes to electric power markets and new financial uncertainties in those markets, it has become difficult to raise capital to make any large investment, including investments in transmission;”4 and

WHEREAS, wireless electric transmission research has proven the viability and potential for a less costly, more secure virtual transmission grid, and that further research also shows communications signaling for broadband, as well as position, navigation and timing (PNT) can be carried via Zenneck wave technology;5 and

WHEREAS, wireless electricity transmission technology is advancing at an extremely rapid pace and promises to provide a pathway to low-carbon generation fused with no-carbon generation; and

WHEREAS, {State} believes that widespread efforts to promote energy access and security, and to support the integration of expanded wireless, use, and digital literacy are critical to improving the nation’s long-term competitiveness in a global market, and to achieving certain socioeconomic improvements in the quality of American life; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that {State} calls upon all levels of governments  to work cooperatively with the private sector, nonprofits, and academia to develop and support robust wireless electricity transmission awareness, adoption, and use programs.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all levels of government identify opportunities for public private partnerships, to leverage existing and emerging technologies to update and or replace the existing mechanical grid components supporting America’s electric transmission grid architecture with a more resilient system that can withstand electro-magnetic pulse assaults and conventional infrastructure attacks.

  1. National Council on Electricity Policy, “Electricity transmission, a primer”, (Pg. 6, Pa. 2). https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/oeprod/DocumentsandMedia/primer.pdf
    2. National Council on Electricity Policy, “Electricity transmission, a primer”, (Pg. 27, Pa. 2). https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/oeprod/DocumentsandMedia/primer.pdf
    3. Congressional Research Service, “Weather-related power outages and electric system resiliency,” http://docs.jalite-group.com/data/docs/pdf/R42696.pdf
    4. Council on Foreign Relations, “A cyberattack on the U.WS. Power Grid,” https://www.cfr.org/report/cyberattack-us-power-grid
    5. Texon Technologies LLC, “The microgrid unplugged: Energy surety via wireless power”. http://vizivtechnologies.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TWP-Paper-10-3-2017.pdf