Severe weather is causing longer power outages in the United States, leading to a 5 to 10 percent increase in the total number of minutes customers are without power each year, according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University. “The idea that a constant increase in severe weather events is impacting on the U.S. electricity system is not a new one, as a 2013 White House report [came] to similar conclusions,” reports Clean Technica’s Joshua Hill. “However, this new report for the first time makes use of ‘econometric analysis techniques to statistically correlate these events with electricity reliability.'” Builders are paying increasing attention to resilient design strategies in their home as a way to battle an unreliable power grid, and propane is emerging as a key tool to fuel a variety of resilient home systems. Check out our Resilience page for a case study and to learn more about resilient design strategies.

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