2017 Northwest Power and Conservation Council

What the Pacific Northwest Can Learn From Japan’s Tragedy and Recovery

At the kind invitation of Massoud Jourabchi, manager of the Economic Analysis group at The Northwest Power and Conservation Council, I gave a 20-minute (ok, 22-minute) presentation on what the Pacific Northwest Can Learn From Japan’s Tragedy and Recovery to make our electrical infrastructure more resilient. The key point was that by having the things that consumer electricity (the demand) be aware of the real-time

The key point was that by having the things that consumer electricity (the demand) be aware of the real-time availability of electricity (the supply), not only can an electrical grid become more resilient to mega-disasters, but also become much more accommodating of solar and wind power. Today, a significant amount of both solar and wind power is being discarded because the

Today, a significant amount of both solar and wind power is being discarded because of the inflexibility of our 20th-century grid. Japan’s story is critically relevant.