As much as I would like to believe renewable energy technologies faired better than conventional power plants during Hurricane Sandy, my sentiments are guarded. On a technology sector web site to which I subscribed, there was a prudent question raised, “What happens when we have two disasters at once?” Or for that matter, what happens if there are more than three, four, … disasters?

Hurricane Sandy Uncovers Strength and Simplicity of Renewable Energy Systems

As much as  this Hope Addict  would like to think larger, static renewable energy systems will fair better than traditional power plants, I can’t help but think they too will be compromised after natural disasters–but to what extent, this remains to be seen. I think because the solar technologies have a faster innovation cycle, measures for decommissioning and recommissioning during disaster events, as well as deploying more distributed generation hybrid micro-/nano-grid systems that are smaller and more modular should be looked at where future contingency criteria and planning is concerned.

As I stated in a previous post, we cannot overlook the indifference and indisputable bidding of Mother Nature that will certainly continue to dictate. I accept what this will ultimately be. But the wise choice is to be prepared, adapt and control or eliminate whatever human actions, that we know beyond a reasonable doubt, are affecting the change that will ultimately ‘inconvenience’ many. We also need to acknowledge that the Earth and all its subsystems is a highly dynamic and changing place, and not to be controlled, but rather respected. Hopefully, the language of systemic causation will feature the operatives climate instability into the discussion more prominently.

PREPARE. RESPOND. ADAPT.