The American Society of Civil Engineers grades each segment of our nation’s infrastructure every year. This year, our energy infrastructure earned a D+, which is appalling by all measures. Here’s what they had to say:

“Electricity demand has increased by about 25% since 1990 while construction of transmission facilities decreased by about 30 percent. While annual investment in new transmission facilities has generally declined or been stagnant during the last 30 years, there has been an increase in investment during the past 5 years. Substantial investment in generation, transmission, and distribution are expected over the next two decades and it has been projected that electric utility investment needs could be as much as $1.5 to $2 trillion by 2030.”

Now think about that for a moment. . .

Everything that requires power today – from the computer systems that track our satellites to the pumps that bring fresh water into our homes – relies on basically the same technology that was invented back when indoor plumbing was considered a luxury!

So is it any wonder that today’s electric infrastructure is crumbling right before our eyes?

The infrastructure that we rely on today was never meant to handle today’s demands.

In fact, according to The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 62% of the power generated in the U.S. is lost – either through transmission or by poorly optimized appliances, lights, and other devices.

do we not to do something now while we still can?

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