The damage to the power system and other damages caused more than 1 million customers across the region to lose power, and the region is struggling to cope with the aftermath of the storm and extremely hot weather.The major utility company Entergy New Orleans has already said May take several weeks To fully restore service.
Ada followed a record heat wave in the Pacific Northwest in June, during which soaring power demand caused power outages in some areas, forcing utilities Institutional rolling interruption To prevent more serious problems.In turn, it was followed by a power outage in Texas that caused 4 million people to lose power for several days in February, as cold temperatures caused demand to surge and freeze Natural gas well and collection pipeline.
Finally, in California, when the risk of high winds and fires increased, utility companies have begun to shut down power lines in order to prevent the collapsed line from triggering another fatal fire, such as a campfire. Almost destroyed the town of Paradise.
Each of these disasters has intensified or More likely Climate change has disrupted our power system in different ways: causing peak demand, shutting down power plants, and dismantling transmission lines.
Every problem requires a different and expensive solution. But they all point to the same problem: the need to build a modern, powerful, and interconnected power generation and transmission system that can maintain lighting in the face of increasingly common and severe extreme weather events.
Power outages during heat waves, winter storms, floods and fires are more than just an inconvenience. This is often a matter of life and death.
We need to weathering power plants to ensure that they operate safely under scorching heat and freezing conditions. We need to update the grid with sensors and software to help operators anticipate and avoid problems.
We need to develop more diverse power sources and more energy storage to ensure that there is enough power to keep homes and businesses online in all weather conditions. We need to connect our squeaky, fragmented systems together to create greater redundancy in our power plants and the towers and lines that carry power to wherever it is needed.