DOE corridors to stay

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The U.S. Department of Energy denied appeals for a rehearing on its decision to designate mid-Atlantic and Southwest states as “national Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.”

The corridors are areas where the department could override state regulators to build transmission lines. The department says the corridors are necessary for areas that are prone to blackouts on an aging energy grid.

The mid-Atlantic grid includes Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and all of New Jersey. The department has labeled another corridor in the Southwestern United States.

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