The power grid gets climate proof

climate change, grid, smart grid, electricity, Sandy, New York, Heat damage, Renewables

The application proposed a $2.4 billion spending increase through 2016, of which $1 billion would go toward making the grid more resilient to future storms and flooding.

The short-term $1 billion resiliency plan, is the first step in what is expected to be the USA’s most extensive effort to climate-proof an electric grid. The Con Edison (power supplier) plan involves:

  • floodwalls around substations and transformers to help prevent storm water from swallowing and frying the equipment
  • strengthen poles to withstand thrashing winds, move many high-voltage power lines underground
  • install back-up fuel supply systems to prevent soaring demand during heat waves from crashing the grid

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