LFC Comments by Brian Massie, citizen journalist
We are getting multiple requests for information on the increasing Lake County utility bills. We are trying to discover who in Lake County has the information about our gas and electricity suppliers.
We thank you reader for sending us this timely information on the U.S. Power Grid. We are all guilty of taking for granted that when we flip on the light switch the light bulb goes on, but what happens if our nationwide power grid fails?
We strongly suggest that you read the entire article and pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Excerpts from the article:
What If The National Grid Fails?
It’s never happened in the United States, but some countries have had widespread power outages affecting most of their territory. Russia’s cyber attack on Ukraine’s grid in 2015 knocked about 60 substations offline, leaving 230,000 people in the dark. It was an ominous threat, but once again, the outage only lasted 1 to 6 hours.
It seems like most power outages, regardless of the extent, have a short duration and are only an inconvenience. But there’s a problem.
It may be an over-statement to refer to the U.S. power grid as crumbling, but in many parts of the country that’s exactly the case. The North American power grid is old.
The original design was engineered to only last 50 years with the assumption that future generations would upgrade and improve the system. That has rarely happened unless a system or station has a significant failure, and even then the fix falls in the category of repairs, not replacement.
As a result, there are parts of the North American grid that are about 100 years old. In a study done by the American Society of Engineers the power grid was graded D+ for reliability. It’s troubling to think that a system so critical to our survival is in the range of a failing grade. Worse, some estimates put a critical repair to the North American grid at $5 trillion dollars!
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