The current electric grid has its origins in the 1960s. One article noted that our current grid dates from the time when Frank Sinatra was in his prime, before a man walked on the moon, and before cell phones were invented.
Of particular concern are congestion areas in southern California and the Eastern Interconnection in the mid-Atlantic states and New England, with a particular trouble spot being in Connecticut near the New York border.
An electric vehicle future will require a smart, modern electrical grid. As will adding power from wind and solar. Lengthy blackouts are not out of the question in congestion areas now.
The country needs to upgrade the electrical grid now.
John Robb is not optimistic, saying this demonstrates “the decline of the state in action.”