Sunday, January 02, 2011
PEPCO has not kept up its infrastructure; is DC especially vulnerable now to future solar storms?
When I lived in Dallas and Minneapolis, with newer systems, we did not have these kinds of outages. I actually interviewed for a contract mainframe programming job with Texas Utilities in 1988, and once visited the Glen Rose nuclear power plant in 1982.
Heaven help us if we really do experience big coronal mass ejections from solar storms in the future, and haven’t hardened our generating stations. Faraday cages, anyone?
The Washington Post had an editorial Dec. 28 “Penalize Pepco for poor performance”, link here.