Article | 1977

Resilience in Energy Strategy

By Amory Lovins

In this editorial, Amory Lovins argues that modern society is entirely dependent on the uninterrupted supply of electricity. Due to the over-centralization of our power supply, however, we find ourselves vulnerable to even minor perturbations in the electrical grid. Lovins argues that incorporating resiliency into the design of our power system is critical to success, and can be best accomplished by reducing the scale and complexity of electrical generation. A truly resilient energy strategy would use fossil fuels far more efficiently to tide us over while we rapidly deploy diverse, relatively simple, renewable sources of energy that are matched in scale and in energy quality to the tasks at hand.