July 15, 2013
The U.S. energy supplies are effected by weather and climate changes. This is written as of mid yesterday, thunder rose quickly and immediately the power shut for roughly 30 seconds to then power back. These small and quick disruptions to the grid have long-term effect on power and the consumers. The willingness to access the durability, sustainability and reliability of the U.S. Power supply is vital as the result will effect security and the ability to positively rebound. In consideration of the information, government reported “more severe disruptions because of climate change and extreme weather have already caused blackouts and lowered production at power plants.” in the article “U.S.: Climate change to affect energy” from Renewables Biz.
The dependencies of weather, climate and infrastructure are correlated. “Rising temperatures, up 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the last century, and the resulting sea level rise, which are accompanied by drought, heat waves, storms and wildfires, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.”
Jennifer Morgan, deputy director of climate and energy at the World Resources Institute, a non-profit that advocates for sustainability states, “The report accurately outlines the risks to the energy sector and cites prior disruptions,” and should serve as a “wake-up call.”
The examples of failures are:
Last year in Connecticut, the Millstone Nuclear Power Station shut down one reactor because the temperature of water needed to cool the facility – from the Long Island Sound – was too high.
In 2010 at Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey and Limerick Generating Station in Pennsylvania had similar problems.
Reduced snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains last year cut California’s hydroelectric power generation by 8%, while drought caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop transporting oil and coal along the Mississippi River, where water levels were too low.
In September 2010, water levels in Nevada’s Lake Mead fell to a 54-year low, prompting a 23% loss in the Hoover Dam’s generation.
The results can lead to radical outcomes of safety and costs.
The issue among the terminology and use of sustainability can be skewed to reliability and durability yet, the application accesses aggregate systems to determine attrition, obsolescence in consideration of the long-term needs for an agile power supply. The clarity of whether weather and climate changes are factual and applicable to futility of power data while under the Big Data construct a sustainable choice in management are necessary as utility inclusive of renewables, oil and gas and technologies work in tandem with the support energy efficiency solutions. The work to structure changes to the power supply are not in jest but short-term considerations on a long-term problem.
- Climate change will disrupt energy supplies, DOE warns (usatoday.com)
- 30 Events In the Last Decade Show the U.S. Energy Sector’s Vulnerability to Climate Change (circleofblue.org)