The Atlanta airport blackout this
past weekend is yet another example of the vulnerability of our aging
electric power grid infrastructure and our critical reliance on the
reliable supply of electricity that supports our nation’s productivity
and quality of life.
Fortunately, the Atlanta airport
event was contained and resulted in no injuries, though it did have a
cascade effect on other travel. And it indicates the need for continued
research and development on innovative solutions to our evolving energy
supply and delivery needs. Couple it with the ongoing outage in Puerto
Rico and power disruptions from many other recent storms in the Gulf
region, as well as an increasing frequency of weather-related power
outages over the past several years, and it highlights a quiet yet
take reliable electricity for granted in the United States. Electricity
is the lifeblood of our socioeconomic heartbeat. Beyond major events
that make the news, what happens when a circuit trips at work or a storm
affects power to your home? Virtually all activity stops. Outages are
usually brief, manageable annoyances. But like our roads, bridges and
dams, our electric power system is an aging part of our national
infrastructure that requires long overdue modernization.
Read Dr. Greg Reed's full op-ed at The Hill.
By Gregory F. Reed, opinion contributor to The Hill, 12/21/2017
Contact: Paul Kovach