26 Apr '12, 2pm

US Distribution grid needs massive upgrade US Grid Has $107B in Investment “Gaps” by 2020

Here’s another grim reminder that doing nothing to fix the United States’ power grid will be a lot more expensive in the long run than spending hundreds of billions of dollars to bring it up to 21st -century technological standards. The American Society of Civil Engineers just released its latest “Failure to Act” report on the country’s deteriorating infrastructure, this one focused on the power delivery system. In simple terms, ASCE’s report finds a gap of $107 billion dollars between today’s trends on grid investment and what the country needs to invest between now and 2020. If U.S. utilities and regulators don’t work to increase spending trends to make up that gap, the result will be a “combination of aging equipment and capacity bottlenecks that lead to the same general outcome -- a greater incidence of electricity interruptions,” the report finds. Those may come as eq...

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