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James McCalley

James McCalley

James McCalley is a professor of electrical engineering at Iowa State University. His research interests are related to electric power systems engineering, including transmission planning, power system security, power system dynamics, wind energy, and long-term investment planning for energy and transportation systems at the national level.

COMMENTARY

The U.S. needs a macrogrid to move electricity from areas that make it to areas that need it

By: - April 10, 2021

Many kinds of extreme events can disrupt electricity service, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, extreme heat, extreme cold and extended droughts. Major disasters can leave thousands of people in the dark. The Texas deep freeze in February knocked out 40% of the state’s electric generating capacity. During such events, unaffected regions may have power to […]