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Reboot: Extreme Weather and Other Pitfalls of the Current Power Grid
Episode 2222nd June 2022 • DC Power Hour • Eagle Eye Power Solutions
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This June, as we look back on our first 20 episodes, we wanted to revisit two of our favorite topics so far - "Renewables and Alternative Energy Sources" and "Extreme Weather and Other Pitfalls of the Current Power Grid."

Please enjoy, and we'll be back with all new episodes in July.

In today's episode of DC Power Hour, it is the 1st year anniversary of the Texas power outage. This episode will focus on how extreme weather and the stress on the power grid affects everyone. They kick off the episode with a discussion on climate change and the lack of national support for power plants. They also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy. They explore the best practices of European countries and how they can help if applied in the US. This is an episode rich with great thoughts between experts and some things to consider on energy moving forward.

*The views expressed in this podcast represent the individuals who share them and are not necessarily those of Eagle Eye Power Solutions, LLC.*

Highlights:

06:07 We've got what we've got coming. This really is a perfect storm when you think about it. We’ve got an aging infrastructure, really aging infrastructure, we've got aging power plants, money hasn't been spent, we have changing weather patterns, we also have a drive to rely more and more on renewable energy. 

20:05 The first major thing we get changed is that people need to start looking at how the return of investment will be the improvement in reliability at less cost and loss of service. 

26:57 One of the things in the United States that is different from Europe is their electrical reliability is a lot more superior, not because they do things better, not because they have better people, but because a lot of their utilities are underground.

35:55 I've been a proponent of micro nuclear plants for quite a while. You move the power source closer to the end user. 

37:50  One thing I've always been curious about, maybe it's just me but, why isn't there more push for hydro? 

42:43 All batteries using anodes and cathodes are effectively a metal of some kind because that's the way the atomic system works; the only way you get free electrons is to have a conductor and they're all metals. In order to build a lot of this stuff your gonna be doing a lot of mining, and isn't that pollution?

47:42  When it comes to transmission and getting power to the coast and you’re talking about these micro grids. I really think that it's a potential path because some of the biggest things we see are like the “not in my backyard” movement .

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