Living without power for a while in the Balto/DC area is a great example of why @johnrobb ‘s Resilient Communities effort is so important. (from @jeffsix on Twitter)
Jeff is right. Few things make the need for local resilience more apparent than a power outage — particularly one in sweltering 100 degree heat like the one in the mid-Atlantic right now.
Unfortunately, there’s every reason to believe we are going to see lots more outages like this. It’s simple:
- The climate is changing. It’s getting hotter (which means more demand) and the storms are becoming more violent and frequent.
- The US electrical grid is old, poorly maintained and running at peak capacity. This is likely to get worse as the global economic slump worsens.
- The result? More outages. Longer outages.