Massachusetts Power Grid Ranks as One of the Worst in the US in New Study
Massachusetts‘ power grid has seen better days. And according to a new study, it’s one of the very worst power grids state-by-state in the country.
In the late 19th century, the first power plants popped up in Massachusetts, primarily serving urban centers like Boston. Early systems relied on direct current (DC), but the advent of alternating current (AC) technology revolutionized power distribution.
The 20th century saw significant expansion and the formation of utility companies. The Massachusetts Electric Company, founded in 1889, played a pivotal role. The power grid’s development paralleled industrial growth and urbanization.
Over time the grid expanded, modernizing with improved transmission and distribution infrastructure. The regional grid interconnected with neighboring states, fostering a more reliable power supply.
However, this system has faced wear and tear due to age, environmental factors, and evolving energy demands. Storms and extreme weather events have periodically caused damage, resulting in power outages. The need for upgrades to accommodate renewable energy integration and enhance grid resilience has become evident.
And that’s where we are today, with an aging power grid that is in need of repair and upgrades.
Generator Decision used data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration to figure out which states have the best and worst power grids in the United States. As you already know from the title of this article, Massachusetts pretty much bombed – we have the 42nd best power grid in the US, AKA 9th WORST in the country! Massachusetts was also dead-last when it comes to the New England states. Rhode Island struggled as well, coming in 39th best. Maine took 35th, Vermont 30th, and New Hampshire 25th. Connecticut gets the New England bragging rites. They have the best power grid in New England, finishing in 15th place nationally. Delaware was ranked #1 (best power grid in the country) and Florida finished in 2nd.
So, Massachusetts power grid is pretty scary. But you know what’s even scarier?? These 8 horror movies that were made right here in Massachusetts (though I’m sure they all blew the power a few times while filming).