Our thoughts and prayers go out to all our friends on the East Coast after the visit by Irene over the weekend. Although it appears that they were all spared the brunt of a brutal storm there were at one time over 4 million people without power to their homes or businesses. While we are happy for the fact that very few lives were lost and that most people can return to their homes today, the aftermath of the storm has yet to be resolved and that may take some time.
We all seem to take electricity, and more importantly the electricity GRID, for granted. We just expect it to always work and be there for us. However, as we saw in Texas after hurricanes Ike and Rita, which both followed the disastrous hurricane Katrina, we learned that it can take up a month to restore electricity to all residents. Although these are unusual and catastrophic storms which we expect to be destructive we are still using the same electricity GRID technology that has been around since the 40’s and 50’s. It is imperative that America realizes our dependence and reliance on electricity and the electricity GRID and start to make the proper investments to avoid the 50% prices increases that are already expected for electricity in the next 5-8 years.
The Texas Electricity Alliance is not only an advocate for our customers, but is also an industry advocate to provide for and protect the public interest when it comes to electricity. We will continue to focus on gaining a better understanding, and make recommendations for the improvement and upgrade, of the entire American electrical GRID. By making these investments we will create numerous jobs and help insure the prosperity of America. Join us today, because Together We Save.