August 14, 2022

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Why has the US had so many power outages?

The United States has more power outages than several developed nations and fixing this problem will be a massive undertaking.

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The United States has more power outages than several developed nations and fixing this problem will be a massive undertaking.

Hosted by: Rose Bear Don’t Walk

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Sources:

https://energy.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/UTAustin%20%282021%29%20EventsFebruary2021TexasBlackout%2020210714.pdf [PDF]
https://acore.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/GS_Resilient-Transmission_proof.pdf [PDF]

Energy


https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/12/f28/united-states-electricity-industry-primer.pdf [PDF]
https://docs.txoga.org/files/2644-4-22-21-enverus_txoga_winter-storm-uri-natural-gas-analysis.pdf [PDF]
https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/oeprod/DocumentsandMedia/DOE_SG_Book_Single_Pages%281%29.pdf [PDF]
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/16/natural-gas-power-storm/
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/20/texas-power-grid-winterize/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2021/05/27/report-finds-hundreds-more-died-in-texas-winter-storm-than-state-says/?sh=33ec43e152cc
https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=35652
https://newbedev.com/what-happens-to-excess-electricity-generated-going-in-to-a-grid
https://ready.nola.gov/hazard-mitigation/hazards/infrastructure-failure-power-outage/
https://spectrum.ieee.org/bird-poop-can-cripple-power-grids
https://www.tdworld.com/intelligent-undergrounding/article/20971838/flooding-and-underground-cables-myth-or-reality
https://energyconsumersofthecarolinas.org/bury-our-electric-lines-easy-question-complicated-answer/
https://www.kosu.org/u-s-news/2021-09-20/efforts-to-shore-up-the-electrical-grid-could-mean-moving-power-lines-underground
https://www.utilitydive.com/news/utilities-need-to-harden-the-grid-as-they-green-it-consumers-arent-ready/595719/
https://www.utilitydive.com/news/sophisticated-hackers-could-crash-the-us-power-grid-but-money-not-sabotag/603764/

Is Germany Making Too Much Renewable Energy?


https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/germanys-stressed-grid-is-causing-trouble-across-europe
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-utilities-sandiego-blackout/insight-power-reliability-will-cost-americans-more-idUSTRE78C4UG20110913
https://www.businessinsider.com/replacing-the-us-electric-grid-could-cost-5-trillion-2017-3
https://environment-review.yale.edu/true-cost-power-outages-0

Explainer: What is the electric grid?

IMAGES


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_power_transmission_grid#/media/File:NERC-map-en.svg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UnitedStatesPowerGrid.jpg

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2003_North_American_Blackout_After.jpg
https://www.storyblocks.com/video/stock/wind-turbine-working-rifjaijpoliyvy84qn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lisberg_Burg_Windr%C3%A4der_Solar_power_PC313027.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Schneebergerhof_01.jpg
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