Shining Light on Missed Opportunities – Grid Efficiency, Climate Change & More
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- Aug 11, 2020 12:00 am GMTAug 11, 2020 7:37 pm GMT
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For over 100 years engineers have found brilliant ways to improve the efficiency of electric power plant generators to increase power output and reduce operating costs. In the 1980’s focus shifted towards developing more energy efficient demand-side appliances to reduce the need to build new ‘hard-to-permit’ generation facilities. In 1992, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Rio de Janeiro. A treaty was subsequently entered into in 1994 with the objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent anthropogenic interference with the climate system.
While many of us in the power sector looked at “global warming” as a scientific curiosity, it wasn’t until 2005 and 2012 when Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy drove home the reality that climate change is happening and doing substantial damage to our electric power infrastructure. Storms have increased in frequency and severity and the damage has cost Utilities and Consumers billions of dollars.