North American Copper Industry Supports Governors’ Investments in Energy Modernization

McLean, VA (September 10, 2019) — The Copper Development Association (CDA) applauds the National Governors Association (NGA) on its recently announced partnership with four states on electric grid modernization. The NGA will work with teams designated by each governor to evaluate updates to their state’s infrastructure. After a competitive application process, NGA – together with the US Department of Energy (DOE) – will work with partners from Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island.

“Increased effort in policy that supports investments in electrical infrastructure encourages states to modernize their electrical infrastructure proactively. This important step helps build a resilient grid that integrates new generation from clean energy sources, develops energy technologies and finds system efficiencies to improve preparedness for and recovery from damages due to natural disasters, and supports electric vehicles and the associated charging infrastructure,” said Zolaikha Strong, Director of Energy Policy and Electrical Markets, CDA. “CDA commends and stands alongside the NGA, DOE and Governor Phil Murphy (NJ), Governor Larry Hogan (MD), Governor Gina Raimondo (RI) and Governor Michelle Grisham (NM) for their vision of a modern and resilient grid. We encourage other states to join their path.”

As CDA’s recently released infographic highlights, copper is an important component of electrical distribution and transmission systems, helping to enhance grid technology including industrial-scale batteries, to bring new solar and wind power sources online, and to support use of electric cars and buses.