Energy Sector Essay

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The United States of America is one of many countries that is heavily dependent on electricity. Without electricity, just about every sector, including the medical and finance sectors, will fail.
“Presidential Policy Directive 21 identifies the Energy Sector as uniquely critical because it provides an “enabling function” across all critical infrastructure sectors. More than 80 percent of the country 's energy infrastructure is owned by the private sector, supplying fuels to the transportation industry, electricity to households and businesses, and other sources of energy that are integral to growth and production across the nation”( http://www.dhs.gov/energy-sector).
In addition, the Department of Homeland Security states that, “The United
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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) lighting strikes the ground in the United States 25 million times each year. In addition, NOAA states that generally lighting strikes the tallest points because they are the easiest path to the ground; with that being said, power plants are generally on the outer stretches of towns and are usually surrounded by some sort of water supply. Additionally power plants are usually surrounded by trees causing the power plant stick out thus potentially attracting lighting. The plants, are already grounded because of the current building code but what if there were towers similar to what National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses while the Space Shuttle is on the pad, these towers are slightly taller than the shuttle, therefore attracting the lighting and sending into the ground preventing an electrical overload. Lighting is not the only natural disaster that can come from a supercell. As of the end of October 2015 there have been 1,056 tornados in all 50 States. Tornados pose a problem because once they start, there is nothing that the human race can do to stop them, all we can do is find a shelter and stay there. A defense to this threat is to build power plants below the surface and only have the smoke stack above ground in the event of a direct strike it is far cheaper and less time consuming to …show more content…
In 2012 the United States experienced 3,365 earthquakes. Presently, there are 8 nuclear power plants located along the seismically active West coast; this causes concern that an accident can happen but it is important to keep in mind that there are undiscovered fault lines, and earthquakes can happen anywhere, anytime and it does not necessarily have to be a nuclear power station, it could be a coal or gas plant, but a nuclear accident is far more dangerous than a coal plant accident. As for a recommendation, use the same technology that is used in Cheyenne Mountain where the US Airforce uses extremely heavy duty shocks that were designed to withstand a near direct nuclear strike. I would place the shocks under and around the containment build for a nuclear power station and around the combustion and turbine sites at traditional power

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