We've all heard talk of how desperately the nation's power grid need updating. Although we have the technology to generate much of the US's power from wind and solar energy, we don't have the infrastructure to store or transmit it.
Eric D. Isaacs, director of the Argonne National Laboratory, calls this "an enormous problem - and one that can undermine our country's progress toward energy security, carbon reduction and job creation."
In his blog on the Huffington Post, Isaacs explains how the nation's huge energy potential is useless if we can't save the electricity for times the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine, and if we can't transmit it from rural areas for cities to use.
Updating the grid would certainly require a lot of funding, especially for our already financially strapped country, but Isaacs says the investment could yield enormous returns for generations to come.
He cites a report by the American Physical Society, which made some fundamental recommendations to the Panel on Public Affairs: