Learn from History: Building Energy Security into the Energy Transition
As the world embarks on re-piping and re-wiring energy systems in the pursuit of decarbonization, the plan should be to make the future energy infrastructure more secure than the past.
This week on the podcast, Jackie and Peter review several energy security learnings from history. In the pursuit of the best economics, often energy security is ignored. These vulnerabilities create problems later on. One example is the current situation with Enbridge Line 5, where the state of Michigan is trying to stop the pipe from operating. Other examples include the Texas Power outage, the cyber attack on the Colonial pipeline, and Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas.
Next we deliberate about the future, discussing Peter’s recent commentary “Suggestions for a More Energy Secure Future.”
Other reading referenced in the podcast from Energyphile.org:
- The “Long Way Round” is a story about how Eastern Canada had to rely on Canadian oil shipped from the west and around the continent during the 1970s Oil Embargo. Use this link to hear the audio file and read the story.
- A vignette with a historical utility bill, the back of it exemplifies what people demand of their energy “Cheapest, Safest, Cleanest, Quickest.”
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