Senators propose bill to boost energy transmission grid

U.S. Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, introduced legislation recently to clear the way for a national "electric power transmission superhighway," unlocking the opportunity to dramatically increase the production of energy in rural states, such as North Dakota. The National Energy Security Act is aimed at boosting the nation's energy and national security by reducing America's reliance on foreign oil. North Dakota has a vast, diverse supply of energy resources, including coal, oil, wind and biomass, but expansion of the state's energy industry has been hampered by a lack of transmission lines that could carry North Dakota-produced electricity where it's needed.