Dependence on electricity in the U.S. has never been greater. In 2020 alone, U.S. energy consumption was 13 times greater than electricity use in 1950. But an aging electrical infrastructure has contributed to a rise in outages. During the same year, each person in the U.S. experienced, on average, eight hours of electric power interruptions – the highest since the EIA began collecting reliable data in 2013.
Utility companies overseeing the electrical grid have been tasked with fixing the problem and creating long-term solutions, but are also hindered by budgetary and planning issues.