I'm typically a fan of investing in infrastructure (mainly rails and public transit) but I'm not sure how I feel about this investment. I was at the Maryland Public Utility Commission meeting 2 years ago when the commission was looking at the future problems with Maryland's grid congestion.
This $1.8 billion grid development project will reduce grid congestion in the same way that building road reduces traffic congestion. But this investment won't produce a single kWh of electricity AND it strengthens its ties to coal power plants.
I was working for BP Solar at the time and my boss asked me how would I solve this problem. Through installing solar panels for distributed generation and encouraging energy efficiency in heavily congested areas, the problem could be solved without adding more transmission lines. This would be a much cheaper and eco-friendly alternative as it will actually produce energy, unlike the $1.8 transmission plan that will just build the path ways, not the content.
Also there is the whole issue of preserving historic Civil War battlefields from development as some of these powerlines would go through these area.
But we know powerlines, we have experience putting them up to reduce congestion, and some people don't like change.
On another note, today is Election Day so go and vote and vote for change!
(and if you are in California vote NO on Prop 8)