How US utilities can raise preparedness for severe weather events
- Oct 11, 2021 8:47 am GMT
During the summer of 2021, extreme weather events across the world showed us the catastrophic consequences of climate change in our daily lives. In the United States, unprecedented heatwaves, catastrophic wildfires, and torrential floods led to the loss of human lives and widespread destruction. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced, property and infrastructure was destroyed, and the impacts on flora and fauna are extensive. The frequency and magnitude of these events have put extreme stress on the already aging US electricity infrastructure. Utilities in states like Texas (last winter), or Louisiana (this summer) have been unable to provide power to large numbers of households, for days or weeks at a time, amidst extreme temperatures which have put lives at risk and have caused severe disruptions throughout the grid. In Texas only, the crisis left 4,5 million homes and businesses without electricity, some for many days, while the estimated economic damage amounted to a staggering 195$ billion.
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