America’s Aging Power Grids

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Infrastructures are the foundation of which our nation’s security, health and economy are built and operate upon. They provide services from an individual level to the national level. Amongst the services they provide are the power we use in our homes (electricity), the water we drink (water and sewage), the transportation that moves us (railways, airports, and seaports), and the communication systems we depend on to communicate with family and friends, as well as, conduct daily business (i.e. internet and telephones). If one of these infrastructures was to become disabled it could send the affected areas back to the Stone Age; meaning it could affect national security, public health, and or safety; slowing daily activities to a crawl.
This report will be focusing on the power grids and how their aging may present a national problem in the immediate future. The 2003 the Northeastern Power Outage displayed how vulnerable our current power grids are and the problems that is associated with them, therefore, gaining independency from a single source of energy in this aspect must be achieved in the future due to restraints that was observed during this incident. Traffic lights became inoperable; sewage did not work due to the lack of electric power, food spoiled because there was not any refrigeration, people was forced to sleep without air condition during extremely high temperatures, and trains that is powered by electricity became stranded on rail lines due to the lack of power. Patching the problem is not a fix; we must explore new technology aimed at providing this service and install it on a national level and expand it into our neighboring countries within the North and South American continent. This type of solution not ...

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