The Fastest Way to Get There from Here
- Mar 17, 2021 3:36 pm GMT
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Extreme weather events, from the polar vortex in ERCOT and MISO to wildfires in the west, and superstorms on the east coast, are compromising grid reliability and highlighting infrastructure interdependence. We experienced in stark terms how our modern life depends on reliable power for water and sanitation, communications and transportation, heating, cooling, and healthcare. Reliable power requires constant availability of primary energy resources in the form of water, wind, sunlight, or fuel. Extreme weather and climate change have compromised hydro resources, becalmed wind farms, caused fire ash to block the sun, and frozen fuel supplies. Reliability in the face of these extremes will require a broader, holistic, systems perspective that prioritizes consumers' need for service.
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