New Category: Electric Grid

A decent article posted today about the condition and design of US electric grid. The story is complex and one that is a HUGE risk for our citizens as we have learned in Texas.

This is the regional design and you can see that Texas did NOT want to be part of anything … they are good enough on their own (satire intended).

Power grid map

If all the news from Texas has not gotten enough of your attention, how about this quote:

“We are behind all other G7 nations in our infrastructure, including the power grid,” Amin said. One clear factor is America’s outsized crop of extreme weather. Another is the vast number of weather-vulnerable U.S. power lines that lie overhead, especially in older eastern cities. Nations such as Germany and the Netherlands prioritize burying power lines, a process that’s costly but that helps reduce the havoc resulting from extreme weather.

Between 2010 and 2019, the U.S. had an increase of 67% in major weather-related power outages (those affecting at least 50,000 customers) as compared to 2000-2009, as tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and analyzed by Climate Central. These outages cost an average of $18 to $33 billion per year, with the indirect costs much higher.

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