How to fix the US Power Grid

Oct 16, 2009 Full story: www.americainfra.com 10

It is no secret that America's three separate electrical grids are inefficient, both in terms of carbon output and reliability. But how can they be fixed?

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Adrian in Tacoma

Lakewood, WA

#2 Oct 16, 2009
Tesla wireless via plasma generator...
Solarman

Banning, CA

#3 Oct 16, 2009
With about 129 million home roofs in this country, adding just 2KW peak to each roof with an average of 3 sun hours a day would produce 774 GW of electricity each day, 6KW peak on each roof with just 3 sun hours a day, 2.322 TW each day. Do not under estimate the power of distributed generation.
Tom

Wheaton, IL

#4 Oct 17, 2009
Upgrade, heavier wires and superconductors. Less lost to heat, more gets to where it is going.
falcon clovis new mexico

Truckee, CA

#6 Oct 21, 2009
Tell everybody to shut off electricty 1 hour and youll see the power grid work better!$$$$$$
Scooter Moonpie

Shippingport, PA

#7 Feb 9, 2010
Solarman wrote:
With about 129 million home roofs in this country, adding just 2KW peak to each roof with an average of 3 sun hours a day would produce 774 GW of electricity each day, 6KW peak on each roof with just 3 sun hours a day, 2.322 TW each day. Do not under estimate the power of distributed generation.
Bingo. Da man has it. Well said.

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Any word from Clovisians about the Tres Amigas project? Have they broken ground yet?

kthxbai
CGlass

Raywood, TX

#8 Feb 13, 2010
There has been no groundbreaking for Tres Amigas. The last objection (1 of 5) came from Occidental (last count there have been 56 in favor). Our country continues to stymie energy innovation with indecision and politics. In 2010, I'd like to see approval for Tres Amigas and Cape Wind. They would both symbolize progress and seriousness. Otherwise we remain stagnant and full of rhetoric.
Tom

Shorewood, IL

#9 Feb 15, 2010
There are some political problems. The Texas INDEPENDANT power grid is just that-independant, regulated by Texas state government. They don't want to hook up if it means they give up control of their system to the Federal government. Also terrorists could black out the entire US. As it is now, if one grid goes down, it does not bring down the others. Texas sees firsthand how poorly the border is enforced. A determined terrorist can walk across the border. The Federal government lacks credibility about security of the grid, (and everything else). Texas has legitimate concerns.
CGlass

Union Springs, NY

#10 Feb 15, 2010
Tom, security is enhanced with 100% efficient superconductor underground pipeline and multi-terminal AC/DC power converters. Texas is Lone Star State for reasons known - many unknown.
Tom

Minooka, IL

#11 Feb 21, 2010
If they attacked an above ground control center, it could cause a sudden overload resulting in generators grinding to a halt. Thus security would be very important. The other big reason, Texas regulates the rates and does not want to give control of their rates to the federal gov't.
Solarman

Banning, CA

#12 Feb 21, 2010
Tom wrote:
If they attacked an above ground control center, it could cause a sudden overload resulting in generators grinding to a halt. Thus security would be very important. The other big reason, Texas regulates the rates and does not want to give control of their rates to the federal gov't.
In the contiguous United States we have 48, if Texas doesn't want to play nice, there are still 47 other States of the Union that would benefit from infrastructure upgrades and interconnects. As far as grid security is concerned, if you have a degree in electrical engineering you could probably figure out a couple of dozen main switching sites around the country and if you took them out, the country would drop to its knees. Texas may not have such a bad idea after all.

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