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Various concerns, such as climate change, supply issues, and bad actors with vast energy resources, have increased global interest in increasing power grid security and efficiency. One method to increase power grid security and efficiency that has gained popularity is using high-voltage powerlines, cables transporting energy over long distances with minimal power losses along the route. The People’s Republic of China has been at the forefront of implementing high-voltage powerlines within its borders. For example, the Changji-to-Guquan project, which began in 2019, consists of a 1,100-kV direct current line spanning 2,046 miles, “roughly the distance between Los Angeles and Cleveland.” This powerline can transmit 12,000 MW from China’s rural western territories to the more populated east, enough electricity for 50 million households.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on April 27, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.