Brattle principal Peter Fox-Penner was recently cited in a Marketplace article on the state of the U.S. power grid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The article, “Sandy hits, power goes out: The grid needs to wise up,” argues that the power grid is too large and too dependent on distant electricity supplies, frequently resulting in long-term power outages. In the article, Dr. Fox-Penner discusses how “distributed power,” or making more power available in more places, is the key to a more reliable grid.
"The less distance the power has to travel, the less vulnerability we will have to power lines coming down,” Dr. Fox-Penner says in the article. He notes that technologies, such as solar panels on your house, geothermal heat pumps, and other small-scale technologies that are nearby, are already available. He also notes, however, that making the grid more reliable and smarter will take time and money.
To read the full article, please visit the Marketplace website.