With wildfire smoke encircling the globe, we are feeling the effects of climate change directly. And it is only June.
Unfortunately, “heat domes” are no longer novel and will continue to be part of our lexicon.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation recently made clear the impact of these events on grid reliability: Two-thirds of North America faces reliability challenges in the event of widespread heat waves. Areas in the U.S. West are at elevated risk due to areawide heat events that can drive above-normal demand and strain resources and the transmission network. Read the whole editorial here