Spotlight: Our Gridlocked Grid-On Energy, Reliable Beats Green

Power Lines

Photo courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Creative Commons

Resilience within world energy grids will be important as natural events increase and more people move to cities. 

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellows Mark P. Mills and Peter W. Huber authored an op-ed in today’s New York Post, “Our Gridlocked Grid: On Energy, Reliable Beats Green.”

Below is a clip of the piece: 

"The local network is the key. Sandy took out very little of the region’s generating capacity — not enough to compromise bulk power delivery. The long-distance transmission network weathered the storm remarkably well. The blackouts were caused largely by local distribution failures: wires knocked down, substations flooded — damage to the tiered nodes that mediate between distant power plants and the last mile of the local network.

"Now, money is being spent on “upgrading” local distribution — but not hardening it. ConEd got about $200 million in federal “smart grid” funding. But this is focused on things like energy efficiency and charging electric cars, not ways to make the city’s distribution system more resilient or easier to restore."

-Our Gridlocked Grid, On Energy, Reliable Beats Green by Mark P. Mills and Peter W. Huber

Check out the op-ed in the New York Post by clicking HERE