You may have heard about the vulnerabilities of our current power grid with it’s lack of up keep and maintenance. It’s incredibly vulnerable, especially to an electromagnetic (EMP) attack, which appears to be more and more likely in our world of random politically-driven violence and stealth warfare.
So, with that in mind, it makes sense that our government is looking for ways to upgrade our power grid to bring it in into a more modern age. The problem, though, is in the kind of upgrade that is being considered. We’re not talking about just updating the current systems with the latest of the same thing. No, we’re talking about changing to a completely different type of system. Unfortunately, it’s a system with it’s own dangers that need to be addressed, too. A writer going by the name of Daniel gives us the details:
Big government’s plans to modernize electricity by creating a smart grid appear to be a recipe for disaster. Consequently, a grid such as this would be more vulnerable to hacking and sabotage.
A smart grid will be more prone to failure because it relies on the cloud – a fragile and complex network of data centers. Therefore, it would be more likely to suffer blackouts than the traditional system.Big government’s plans to modernize electricity by creating a smart grid appear to be a recipe for disaster. Consequently, a grid such as this would be more vulnerable to hacking and sabotage.
A traditional electric power grid distributes electricity from power plants to homes and businesses directly through a simple system. In addition, human operators control the traditional grid at a few central locations. The traditional power grid is less vulnerable to sabotage because it is low-tech.
The problem with the smart grid is the same problem that computer networks: hacking and still being vulnerable to EMP attacks.
Advocates will tout the ability to save money by more efficiently routing electricity to only where it is needed in the amount that it is needed, and, to be fair, they have a point. The problem, though, is that no current computer network on that scale has been shown to be completely secure, so it’s fair to assume that the smart grid will be vulnerable to outside hacking attacks instead of only being vulnerable to onsite attacks like the current power grid. This should concern anyone who wants to keep the grid safe from attacks of any kind.
Regardless of what happens with the grid, you would do well to be prepared by having your own off grid power supply and/or other ways to keep food cool for storage purposes and to cook.