The Grid and Sandy

Frequently, when there is a discussion of grid resilience, reliability and the smart grid, Superstorm Sandy is used as the metaphor for what’s wrong with the grid. Here is an introductory paragraph from an article on the smart grid from Continue reading The Grid and Sandy

Sun Power, Part 2

It was Galileo, using his newly invented telescope, who, around 1600, saw sunspots for the first time in western history. From that point forward, sunspot observations were made on a regular basis by astronomers throughout Europe. Sunspot observations had also Continue reading Sun Power, Part 2

Sun Power, Part 1

How does the enormous power of the sun affect the earth? Obviously, life on earth depends on the sun, but does the sun affect the earth in unique, perhaps not well understood, ways. Light from the sun, i.e., photons, being Continue reading Sun Power, Part 1

Preparing For A Carrington Event

The physical security of the grid has become an important issue. It’s also emerging as a bureaucratic football, with little action taking place. The attack on the Metcalf substation in California was a wakeup call that homegrown terrorists could bring Continue reading Preparing For A Carrington Event

Coming to Grips With the Sun

It’s not well understood how the Sun affects the Earth. We count the number of sun spots, measure the sun’s irradiance and the size of solar storms. We do know that the size of solar storms has been linked to Continue reading Coming to Grips With the Sun

Assessing the Risk of Disaster

People joke about sun spots as though they were irrelevant to the Earth and our daily lives. But they aren’t the benign oddity that people assume. Thought needs to be given to how sun spots may affect the Earth and Continue reading Assessing the Risk of Disaster