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When it comes to improving the transmission system to meet our
nation’s growing electricity demands, companies not only face financial
complications but also social complications. The concept of “NIMBY” (Not
in My Backyard) has proven to be a strong influencing factor on the
advancement of much-needed energy infrastructure updates.
Many environmental interest groups or local community committees
fight the development of power generation and transmission projects that
are in close proximity to their locations, even though these
improvements are typically beneficial to all members of the general
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has reported that many potential
transmission projects have been delayed or cancelled due to regulations
and lawsuits imposed by NIMBY-minded adversaries.
Not in My Backyard Phenomenon
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Research the concept of “NIMBY” and discuss the following with regard to the Electric Power Transmission and “NIMBY”.
How can NIMBY affect the economy, jobs, and growth?
How can NIMBY affect the advancement of the Smart Grid?
Has NIMBY affected any energy-related projects in your area? Has it been resolved?
Justify your answers with evidence and cite your sources.