Why COVID-19 induced energy blackouts could be a sign of things to come
- May 12, 2020 11:22 am GMT
In this third article of our series on the effects of coronavirus on the energy network, we explore how the issues we are facing now could become the norm once climate change takes hold.
By Lawrence Orsini
PART 3: A LONG-TERM CHALLENGE
This problem is not just coronavirus. This is the future.
Some US power networks will struggle to cope with over-demand if people are forced to stay home this summer – but this is just a sign of things to come.
Even if lockdowns ease, networks recover and we avoid high residential load coinciding with peak summer heat, the very fact that infrastructure COULD be pushed so quickly beyond its limits has made the true fragility of energy networks across the US abundantly clear.
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