“The occurrence today on an event like the 1921 storm could
result in large scale and prolonged blackouts affecting more
than 100 million people. The National Academy of Sciences
estimates the cost of damage from the most extreme solar
weather at $1 to $2 trillion with a recovery time of 4 to 10
Our enemies can do a massive EMP attack with one nuke as well.
Earthgrid, a San Francisco-based startup, is developing a plasma boring robot capable of digging tunnels up to 100 times faster than current boring methods while costing 98 percent less. The company plans to use its technology to rewire the US utility grids, the internet, and energy.
The bipartisan infrastructure law puts forward $65 billion to directly upgrade the U.S. national power infrastructure, as well as billions more in funding that could further enhance our grid, such as for communications, hydrogen and cybersecurity. Utility planning for infrastructure investments funded by the BIL should be closely integrated with their preparations for the impacts arising from the IRA. (Inflation Reduction Act)
Looks like it has been addressed. Hopefully, this has oversight, to ensure it gets done as intended.
Use mirrors to heat a boiler and run a steam engine to spin a generator. You can actually buy a steam engine brand new and not have to machine castings (or you can get those from Reliable Steam Engines). It can even be US made.