Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Department of Energy releases report "warning" about power grid
The Department of Energy has published a :”Quadrennial Review” (link) , as discussed by Chris Mooney in an Economy and Business report in the Washington Post, p A12, Tuesday April 21, 2015, link here.
While the US grid is said the be the largest and most robust in the world, major changes are needed to buttress it against solar storms and a variety of possible terror attacks, as well as to make it more adaptable to decentralized power from solar and wind.
In 2012 and 2013, I wrote several book reviews about the vulnerability of the power grid and visited Oak Ridge in July 2013. In 2012, we may have missed being in the path of a Carrington-sized solar storm by about a week.
However, insurance companies report that utilities are making quick progress in protecting transformer circuits. Yet, there was a recent serious incident in southern Maryland.