The push for grid resiliency heats up
- Oct 21, 2021 5:13 am GMT
Yes, all of us in this industry have read pretty much all there is on the Texas blackouts earlier this winter, one of the greatest failures, if not the greatest, of modern U.S. power infrastructure. How it happened baffled plenty: freezing weather? Snow? Ice? Really? How state legislators went on to address the catastrophe walked a fine line between laughable and frustrating, depending on your level of disillusionment with the Texas government.
However, Texas is not the only place battling significant grid resiliency questions. Just last week, a group of more than 200 Iowa scientists sent a message to the state government, urging legislators to strengthen and expand the electricity grid. Last year, an intense derecho, or storm with sustained high winds, knocked out electricity for more than half a million Iowans. In their statement, the scientists warned about the worsening conditions in climate change and said grid resiliency and modernization is a key element to preparing for more extreme events.
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