Nevada lawmakers urged to upgrade energy options

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Admiral Lee Gunn says it is not all doom and gloom when it comes to our antiquated and vulnerable power grid. He says the power grid was built as communities were developing more than 100 years ago.

It has meant lines moving power from place, with power coming from a limited number of plants generating energy from coal, hydropower and even nuclear energy. It is vulnerable, he says, because the system is old.

Climate change has an impact as well.

He pointed to last year’s Camp Fire, where investigators suspect a power line ignited the blaze. That line, he says, was nearly 100 years old, yet it had a life expectancy of 75 years.

The Vice Admiral says don’t discount terrorist acts, as well, on our system. The possible solution: micro grids.

“If we can generate electricity in ways that are smaller in scale, closer to the consumer, then we can build in smart grids whose use has already been proven,” says Vice Admiral Lee Gunn with CNA Analysis and Solutions. “And we can not only deliver the electricity more efficiently, and in a more timely way. We can store it on a grid in a better way. But, we can also make it more readily defendable,” he says.

Admiral Lee says Nevada can lead the way with micro grids, as it has embraced solar, wind and geothermal energy. He says these sources are reliable in our state and lawmakers should consider ways to harness them on a grander scale.

He says strong leadership and investment in these energy sources will help Nevada and the rest of the country maintain a competitive advantage in meeting future energy needs.