Since 1982, growth in peak demand for electricity – driven by population growth, bigger houses, bigger TVs, more air conditioners and more computers – has exceeded transmission growth by almost 25% every year.
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Today’s electricity system is 99.97 percent reliable, yet still allows for power outages and interruptions that cost Americans at least $150 billion each year — about $500 for every man, woman and child.
Between 2003 and 2012, roughly 679 power outages, each affecting at least 50,000 customers, occurred due to weather events.
The grid delivers electricity to more than 144 million end-use customers in the United States.
The grid connects Americans with 5,800 major power plants and includes over 450,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers the investment gap for distribution infrastructure is estimated to be $57 billion by 2020 – much larger than the $ 37 billion investment gap for transmission infrastructure.
An overburdened energy transmission system put public safety at risk and increase costs to consumers and businesses. The average cost of a one-hour power outage is just over $1,000 for a commercial business. Utilities often pass on charges to consumers as a result of congestion in the system.
The United States is home to thousands of power generating plants and systems and almost 400,000 miles of electric transmission lines.
America has 150,000 miles of crude oil and product pipelines and over 1.5 million miles of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines.
Americans consume 26 percent of the world’s energy.
Annual electricity use in the typical U.S. home has increased 61 percent since 1970.
Rolling blackouts and electrical grid inefficiencies cost an estimated $80 billion a year.