We have mentioned the frailties of our power grid from time to time, urging the notion that while we upgrade the grid to handle "green energy" it could also be beefed up to resist solar flare ups at the same time.
That should result in savings of stimulus fund expenditures, compared to doing it at any other time.
The idea has been given a boost by President Obama:
President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce $3.4 billion in government grants to help build a "smart" electric grid that will save consumers money on their utility bills, reduce blackouts and carry power supplies generated by solar and wind energy, the White House said.(Reuters). It is a perfect time to do this. There is widespread focus on the energy issues, clean energy, security, and the stimulus package.
It marks the largest award made in a single day from the $787 billion stimulus package approved by Congress, and will create tens of thousands of jobs while upgrading the U.S. electric grid, according to administration officials.
The grants, which range from $400,000 to $200 million, will go to 100 companies, utilities, manufacturers, cities and other partners in 49 states.