Microgrid Knowledge – What Isaias Laid Bare about the East Coast’s Progress — or Lack of — on Energy Resilience
Isaias’ punch to the East Coast last week in many ways resembled that of Superstorm Sandy, the storm that eight years ago launched a drive for microgrids to ward off power outages.
So it naturally raises the question, When it comes to electric reliability, how far has the East Coast come since Sandy?
By the outage numbers, not far. Isaias shut down power to 6.4 million homes and businesses — less, but not a lot less than Sandy’s 8.1 million. And again recovery is proving to be a mammoth job for utilities, extending for days and requiring the help of thousands of utility workers from other states. Connecticut, New Jersey and New York were particularly hard hit.