Climate Change Requires Us to Face Facts; Employ Common Sense and Logic for Success
- Apr 20, 2021 3:25 pm GMT
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The concept of Earth Day presents so many great opportunities. Yet, Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction, Electric Vehicle adoption, Distributed Energy adoption (DER), Energy Efficiency, Grid Reliability, and Fires/Wildfires are all interconnected; but most people are not aware of, or are not grasping this important understanding.
Electricity grids were erected many decades ago. In turn, our distribution transformer fleets -- which are a fundamental element of our grids -- are now several decades old as well. In layperson terms, this means that our increasing grid-edge focus, developments, and advancements (e.g., EVs, Rooftop Solar DER, etc) is being forged upon an aging infrastructure. While the effort to effect Climate Change is valiant, we cannot overlook the impacts, risks, and unsavory outcomes that are imminent -- without proper forethought and actions being taken to ensure our success. Otherwise, amidst our efforts, we are posturing ourselves for guaranteed by-product failures.
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