Cheap, abundant solar power produced in California could help meet the Midwest’s peak demand, while wind energy generated in the Midwest could meet demand in the West after solar production begins to tumble in the late afternoon.

As renewables grow — along with clean-energy requirements — so will the need to move energy around, according to Rob Schulte and Fred Fletcher, who believe their Power from the Prairie concept would produce massive benefits for utilities.

“Regions cannot achieve high renewables if they use local renewables alone,” Schulte said.

Read more: Power from the Prairie aims to link West Coast sun with Midwest wind (Energy News Network)