12:00am

Thu August 16, 2012
US power grid

Today on Your Call: How does the electrical grid work in the US?

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the US electric grid.  Recently, a power failure cut electricity to approximately 670 million people across Northern India.  Could the United States be susceptible to such a widespread outage?  How is our system structured?  What are its strengths and weaknesses?  How are we shifting to a more sustainable grid for our future power needs?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  Is our current system preventing a real shift to renewables?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Guests:


Clark W. Gellings, professional engineer and a fellow with the Electric Power Research Institute


Carl Zichella, Director of Western Energy Transmission with the Natural Resources Defense Committee (NRDC)


Resources:


Electric Power Research Institute


NRDC Switchboard: The Future of the Grid: Why Modernizing our Nation's Aging Grid is Critical


Reuters: California braces for power-grid test as heat-wave approaches


NPR: Visualizing The U.S. Electric Grid


NPR: Power Hungry: Reinventing the US Electric Grid


Energy.gov: Final Report on the August 14, 2003 Blackout in the US and Canada -- Causes and Recommendations


Discovery: ANATOMY OF A POWER OUTAGE


CNBC: US Blackout coming soon?


NPR: India's Power Woes A Classic Story Of Supply, Demand


NPR: A Country Divided: Japan's Electric Bottleneck


Wikipedia: Electricity Transmission 


NPR: Germans Confront The Costs Of A Nuclear-Free Future


Wall Street Journal: The Coal Age Nears Its End 


 

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