Climate Central updated an analysis of national power outage data, which shows a 67% increase in major power outages from weather-related events since 2000. Two-thirds of states (34 states and Washington, D.C.) experienced an increase in outages caused by extreme weather in recent years.
The frequency of weather-related power outages varies by region of the country, with the greatest number of outages occurring in the Northeast and Southeast. The largest increases in outages over the last two decades happened in states in the Northeast, followed by the Southwest and the Southern Great Plains.
While upgrading the nation’s grid to become more resilient is expensive and challenging, there are a number of promising solutions to help us adapt to increasingly extreme weather, and many that can even lower carbon emissions.