FEBRUARY 23, 2009, 6:41 P.M. ET
Reid to Seek Federal Role on Power Lines Article
WASHINGTON -- Democrats' eagerness to boost the use of green energy appears set to collide with one of Washington's oldest maxims -- that all politics are local.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that he plans to introduce legislation giving federal regulators greater power to approve the routes of transmission lines needed to convey electricity generated in remote rural areas to coastal population centers. The move raises the prospect of conflict between federal energy regulators and state and local authorities, which have typically wielded extensive influence over decisions on the construction and location of new transmission lines.