Bad Weather and The Battle for Grid Reliability
- Jan 8, 2022 4:34 am GMT
The Pacific Northwest was just hit with the worst flooding in a decade and the D.C. area is bracing for more snow just days after a blizzard stranded motorist overnight on Interstate 95. “That was entirely too much for us to keep up with,” Marcie Parker, a Virginia Department of Transportation engineer, said. Are grid operators facing a similar situation? What’s the connection between grid reliability and climate change? One thing is certain, extreme weather is crippling the grid across the country. Recent findings from two studies by North Carolina State University (NC State) examined how extreme weather will continue to impact the grid. The studies focus on the California and the Pacific Northwest region. One study explored how long-term shifts in water availability and higher air temperatures could impact supply and demand for electricity for the West Coast. The study measured grid reliability and wholesale electricity prices. They hypothesized that a change in water availability would impact the Pacific Northwest and California through reduced summer deliveries of hydropower.
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