Protecting 'The Vital Cornerstone of Modern American Society'
- Oct 16, 2021 1:59 am GMT
How vulnerable is the grid in this country? Our grid provides power to crucial services, operations and technology that are necessary for everyday life. The greater concern is that the grid is vulnerable to widespread blackouts that could lead to loss of life, serious injury, civil disorder, and significant economic loss. According to The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress the power grid is the “vital cornerstone of modern American society” (2014, p. ii). What is being done to protect it from system failures, climate change and cyberattacks? Suggestions on the table include shoring up grid resilience through the creation of a unified electric power grid, customer behavioral shifts to maintain balance of the grid, and new technology that uses thinner superconductor wires that are cooled with liquid nitrogen. Sound too far-fetched and futuristic? Not to researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Southern California and the Department of Homeland Security.
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