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Co-Founder and Lead Software Engineer Reliable Energy Analytics LLC

Dick Brooks is the inventor of patent 11,374,961: METHODS FOR VERIFICATION OF SOFTWARE OBJECT AUTHENTICITY AND INTEGRITY and the Software Assurance Guardian™ (SAG ™) Point Man™ (SAG-PM™) software...

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Climate Change

  • Extreme weather events will continue to increase in intensity: 75% likelihood
  • Extreme weather events will become more frequent through the remainder of this decade: 70% likelihood
  • States will continue to promote decarbonization initiatives but will not meet their stated emission reduction targets: 90% likelihood

Energy Markets

  • There will be more hours with negative energy prices in real-time wholesale energy markets as renewable generating supply increases: 85% likelihood
  • Capacity payments will plummet as more resources participate in the wholesale capacity markets as a result of FERC Order 2222 and enhancements to MOPR rules: 80% likelihood
  • Fossil fuel fired generators will struggle to make profits: 75% likelihood
  • State and Federal regulators will reach a consensus on a just and reasonable capacity market design that satisfies State Energy Goals: 2% likelihood
  • There will be no carbon tax applied to electricity in order to incentive electrification of transportation and HVAC applications: 65% likelihood

Grid Reliability and Resilience

  • A national standard and framework for essential grid services will emerge in 2022: 90% likelihood
  • Flexible resources that can respond quickly to operator dispatch instructions will be in greater demand in order to maintain grid reliability: 90% likelihood
  • Demand Response resources will continue to provide essential grid services needed for reliability: 100% likelihood
  • Much needed transmission capacity will be approved and construction will begin, at levels required to meet decarbonization goals set by States: 1% likelihood
  • Small scale, safe nuclear powered generating solutions will become viable as a technology, but public perceptions of nuclear energy will remain skeptical, preventing broad adoption: 80% likelihood
  • A total blackout will take down the entire US Grid: 0% likelihood
  • A partial blackout will occur somewhere on the US Grid that will impact at least 500,000 customers: 70% likelihood
  • A partial blackout will occur somewhere on the US Grid that will impact at least 3,000,000 customers: 2% likelihood
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Kathryn Wagner on Jan 25, 2022

Richard, I enjoyed your article! Very insightful!

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Richard Brooks on Jan 26, 2022

Thank, you, Kathryn.

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Stuart McCafferty on Jan 26, 2022

Hi Dick, this was great!  I read through most of the predictions and this one I had to read twice.  Lots of stuff!  And, great insight as always.  Thanks for the contribution.

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Richard Brooks on Jan 26, 2022

Thanks Stu, it's fun to make these predictions. I approach this the same way Gartner does with their predictions, citing probability of each prediction. I'm sure there will be a healthy portion of crow waiting for me to eat in December. Thanks for commenting.

Very much looking forward to receiving your book, you're a true Sage in our industry.

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Paul Korzeniowski on Feb 7, 2022

More impactful ransomware and cyber incursion events will occur across key segments of critical infrastructure, including the electric grid, in 2022: 100% likelihood.


Sad but true. The cybersecurity industry is a few steps behind the bad guys for many reasons.  The growing interest in Zero Trust systems, which verify users at every step of a transaction rather than just when they enter the network, should help ward off some bad guys. However, systems are so complex -- and growing more so every day -- that is becomes difficult to envision a time when this landscape tips back to utilities and away from the hackers. 

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