Tag: The Grid

Cascading Electricity Failure Public Education

Cascading Electricity Failure Public Education

Cascading Electricity Failure Public Education

08/30/21

“Why will we need to educate people about cascading electricity failures?”

If you live in the continental United States, you’ve probably seen a lot of news this year about environmental disasters knocking out power and inducing cascading electricity failure. Whether it be a snowstorm in Texas, wildfires in California, or flooding in New Orleans, the power grid can’t seem to work right. Since electricity failures can happen anytime anywhere, the public needs to be kept aware of how they might occur and what they can do. This can be done through public events led by municipal governments, classroom studies, internet webinars, and many other forms. This is why Cascading Electricity Failure Public Education is so critical for true climate adaptation.

Power Line Repair Worker Safety

Power Line Repair Worker Safety

Power Line Repair Worker Safety

07/06/20

“Why should we take regard for the safety of power line repair workers?”

 

Power Line Repair Workers are essential for keeping the grid running. However, their jobs are extremely dangerous and can lead to injury and even death from electrocution and falling. For this reason, Power Line Repair Worker Safety needs to be prioritized through training, proper equipment, and medical care.

Power Line Repair Workers

Power Line Repair Workers

Power Line Repair Workers

07/04/20

“Who are the people who repair power lines?”

 

Power lines break down from time to time. When this happens, Power Line Repair Workers are called in to come fix things. Power Line Repair Workers are trained in electric power systems and telecommunications cables and are able to work with just trade school training.

Why Misreporting Grid Repairs Can Cause Wildfires

Why Misreporting Grid Repairs Can Cause Wildfires

Why Misreporting Grid Repairs Can Cause Wildfires

07/02/20

“How can misreporting grid repairs cause wildfires?”

 

Reporting grid repairs is one of the paramount duties of any electric utility. However, if none happen and the utility lies about it saying they did, then the grid can go into a state of disrepair. If this happens continually for long enough, then major breakdowns can occur, and if these happen at critical times (as in the case of the Paradise Fire) then a wildfire can occur. This is Why Misreporting Grid Repairs Can Cause Wildfires.

Why Electric Utilities Needs to Be Held Accountable for Infrastructure Upkeep

Why Electric Utilities Needs to Be Held Accountable for Infrastructure Upkeep

Why Electric Utilities Needs to Be Held Accountable for Infrastructure Upkeep

01/01/20

“Why do electric utilities always need to be held accountable for maintaining their infrastructure?”

 

By ensuring that the general public receives their power, electric utilities hold some of the greatest infrastructure responsibility in the modern world. However, in order to show that they can handle this level of responsibility, they need to be responsible to look after the condition of their own assets. Failure to do this can great havoc on the general public. To illustrate, Pacific Gas and electricity in Northern California had been negligent about looking over their own transmission infrastructure for decades. As a result of this, one autumn day heavy winds broke one transmission line that would ignite what would become the paradise fire. This cost the company and the public tens of billions of dawn rulers of damages and dozens of lives were lost. This is Why Electric Utilities Needs to Be Held Accountable for Infrastructure Upkeep.

Transmission Bottlenecks

Transmission Bottlenecks

Transmission Bottlenecks

09/30/19

“What are bottlenecks to electricity transmission?”

Electrons moves along transmission lines analogous to cars through a freeway. And like cars, if there is too much trying to get through at the same time, it leads to complete obstruction. These transmission bottlenecks are the bane of every utility, and will become a hindrance for renewable energy as peak electricity production hours often leads to a sudden surge of new electrons.

Wheeling

Wheeling

Wheeling

07/22/19

“How can we transmit electricity outside of grid boundaries?”

Electricity is usually thought of as being generated and distributed inside the grid boundaries. However, this is not always the case. When this does happen, electricity is said to be wheeled. There are two types of wheeling, one where generation is inside the grid boundary while the load is not (wheel-out) and one where both are outside (wheel-through).