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During Michigan’s Storm Season, Grid Resiliency is Key

We’re entering the final leg of storm season in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods just yet.

Severe weather, like the kind we’ve had this summer, can have a major impact on our state’s electric grid—and the ability of local energy providers to deliver safe, reliable electricity. That’s what makes grid resilience so important, and it’s why local energy providers continue to invest in strengthening our state’s electric infrastructure.

What Does Resilience Mean in Energy Terms?

Resilience describes the electric grid’s ability to quickly recover after a disruptive event, like a severe storm. The more resilient the grid is, the better chance local energy providers have at reducing or avoiding power disruptions during a major storm or another event.

What Do Local Energy Providers do to Improve Grid Resiliency?

Grid resiliency improvements can take many forms, like design changes, and the deployment and utilization of smart grid technology. This can detect short circuits, block power flows to affected areas, and reroute power around the problem while keeping power flowing to as many homes and businesses as possible.

During major storms, falling trees and vegetation can do more harm to our electric grid than strong winds or lightning strikes. Tree-trimming services and education by local energy providers also can help provide reliability and resiliency.

What Can Lansing Do to Strengthen the Grid?

Local energy providers and Michigan communities can only do so much on their own to strengthen grid resiliency. Policy decisions made by lawmakers in Lansing can have a tremendous impact on the grid.

Overall, policymakers and regulators can help support investments in our electric infrastructure by prioritizing local energy development and solutions that benefit the most Michiganders possible. Doing so will help increase the resiliency of our grid and enhance reliability for Michigan homes and businesses.

The bottom line is energy policy that comes out of Lansing should ensure our energy dollars go to critical grid resiliency investments we need to be making right here in Michigan. Ultimately, that’s how our lawmakers can best support a stronger, more reliable, and more resilient electric grid.