The Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council and its members know all too well the importance of an adequate infrastructure to the stability of our economy. Our well-trained and skilled membership work on water, sewer and road projects; we also work on all types of industrial projects. We see every day why not only our area, but the nation needs to have a strong, reliable infrastructure.
Many times our elected officials use water, roads and sewer projects as a political platform to get elected; these projects are supported by us citizens and rightly so. But there is one vital part of the infrastructure that goes unnoticed and taken for granted — our electrical transmission grid system. It is aging and antiquated; it needs upgrading. We can detour around road and bridge construction and get by with a little inconvenience for a short time. The electrical grid system is getting to where lines cannot be taken out of service for repair and upgrade; we cannot detour the load to other sources. The building of new transmission lines is something that takes years to do; there is no quick fix. When we do not have electricity, our way of life and the environment are adversely affected.