Professor Dehghanian on Risks to Nation's Grid

February 15, 2023

Dr. Payman Dehghanian

Dr. Payman Dehghanian, GW Professor of Electrical Engineering, was quoted in a recent article by The Hill about how the role of tree-trimming in Austin ice outages highlights risks to the nation’s grid. Dehghanian told The Hill that tree damage to power lines was just a symptom of larger problems since grids are currently made for milder conditions and can stay online only when one key element goes out. With the prospect of extreme weather events regularly knocking out power across entire cities, he said we must build in more redundancy to the grid. Read the full article.