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GRI Associate Director: Utilities must go beyond ‘hardening’ the current grid | The Wall Street Journal

Should governments require utilities to make the electric grid more stormproof?

In an article published by The Wall Street Journal, two industry experts sound off on this question, offering different viewpoints. Jennie Stephens, GRI Associate Director and Northeastern University Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, argues “yes”: that utilities must go beyond ‘hardening’ the current grid.

“As climate change accelerates, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more destructive,” Stephens tells the WSJ. “Our existing grid infrastructure is ill-prepared for this, and state public utility commissions aren’t adequately promoting sufficient grid resilience investment for the public good.”

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