03 Jun '13, 2pm

It's Time to Invest in a 21st-century Power System

America's power system is too vulnerable to meet modern challenges — a harsh reality underscored by Hurricane Sandy, which left 8.1 million people in the dark for extended periods. Yet, widespread outages should no longer come as a surprise. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country's electrical infrastructure a "D" grade in 2008. Years earlier, a Clinton-era energy secretary described America as "a superpower with a third-world grid." Even though power system vulnerability has been obvious for over a decade, little has been done to address this critical weakness. If the United States wants to stay globally competitive, then the country must finally invest in the creation of a 21st-century power system capable of driving sustained economic growth. Any power system overly dependent on centralized generation and long-distance transmission is inherently suscept...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/06...

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