North American electric is failing under electrification trend demands and growth pressure
The grid is not capable to support demands without major investments!
Looming RISKS! Energy Poverty!
If we do not slow down on renewable conversation and autonomous vehicles we are in for a huge surprise!
Our planet may not be able to support an exploding population and the existing North American (Canada, USA and Mexico) electric distribution grid cannot support the current and future demand without major negative impacts to society!
Our energy systems are pushed to their limits, by varying demands, automation, robotics, weather changes, electrification and general industrial and home demands. Adding to the complexity of supply and demands coal and gas power generation sources are simultaneously being taken offline, the impact is felt at much greater scale without segmented distribution power sources. This is forcing us to effectively lower our reliability on fewer large power sources, therefore reducing the number of towns and people affected when one or more of these go offline.
The current cumulative demand effects of:
Ü Electric Vehicles, Automation and Autonomous vehicles
Ü Gas to Renewables.
Ü High-power consumption of technology such as BC, AI, ML, RPA, Cloud and Quantum and Bitcoin computing
Ü Manufacturing and other industrial demands
Ü Home demands
Ü Shale and mining explosion demands on our energy grid are beyond it current capacity and capabilities.
Regulators, power producers, grid operators and other stakeholders across North America are concurrently experiencing the grid vulnerability that, left unaddressed, will impact load management and increase upgrade costs, further weakening an already fragile grid resilience and reliability. This raises the potential for more frequent and severe, power cuts, blackouts, brownouts, and other symptoms of power system instability.
Industry already decimated by the pandemic, cannot afford an avoidable impact and increase cost, it is very bad for business. Without immediate and concerted action to modernize the electric grid — the obligatory maintenance deferrals, uncertain demand forecasts, supply chain disruptions — may prove disastrous to consumers in the long-term as they exacerbate this long-standing, systemic deficiency. Consumers, generators and distributors all see it as an imperative for all utilities and partners players in the electric power sector consider all opportunities for grid stability enhancement and modernization
The need to modernize the US electric grid is now!
The distribution and transmission grid cannot handle peak demand during winter cold, natural environmental events, man made wildfires or summer heat!
According to Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Reliability and resilience – even in the face of extreme events – is achieved through diversity, redundancy, and modularization. Co-locating energy supply with demand through microgrids and other DERs [distributed energy resources] is an important step in preventing widespread crises like this in the future.
The blame for the massive power outages as the polar vortex cold snap reached Texas and power outages linger on, the argument is that renewables had a huge part to play in the crisis, with natural gas and coal the indirect culprits due to their reduced availability resulting in infrastructure freezing and diverting supplies for heating purposes.
What politicians are ignoring is the real problem that not only lies in Texas but plagues the North American grid and everywhere where energy demand is growing, the aging grid is not longer reliable, resilient and have the capacity to meet peak demands due to weather or other unforeseen events.
According to some estimates. The North American Grid is the largest interconnected network on Earth. Over 500,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 6.8 million miles of local distribution lines, linking thousands