Join Professor Jay Apt, Co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, for a webinar on the reliability of the gas and electric grids. Hot weather in California last August and a cold snap in Texas last month have made customers acutely aware of reliability issues. The standard rule for electric power is that no more than one blackout every decade in each region should happen due to failed generators. Leaving aside the question of whether that is an acceptable frequency, the way that regions calculate the amount of generation required makes assumptions that new data show to be wrong.
Dr. Apt will discuss new findings from an examination of extensive data on failures of most generators in North America, and his group’s research into failures of natural gas networks. Policy implications for both the electric and gas systems will be discussed.