By now, you’re probably familiar with the city’s ongoing battle to stay afloat as its electric grid and power supply are both under unprecedented strain.
In October, Philly residents were forced to shut down due to high electricity demand.
And the city has been struggling with its own grid for the past few years, with the state having imposed new requirements that require power companies to reduce electricity use and curtail carbon emissions.
Philly is also a big, industrial city that relies on coal, natural gas, and nuclear power for its energy supply.
But as The Verge’s Jeff Bercovici explains, those sources of power are going to need to be replaced as the city struggles to keep up with rising costs and the need for new and improved power.
“The Philadelphia power grid is going to have to be rebuilt and that’s going to require replacing all the equipment,” Bercicsi told The Verge.
“All the equipment that’s already on the grid that we don’t need.”
Bercicsis point comes at a time when the power grid of Philadelphia is under enormous pressure.
The Philadelphia City Council recently approved a $1.6 billion plan to replace the city-owned electrical grid, which is currently located in the historic center of the city.
As part of the project, the city is building a new network of substations and new power lines that will connect to existing electric substations.
The city has also ordered two new substations in the city to make up for the loss of the old ones, while a third substation will be constructed near the city borders.
But that plan is set to be completed by 2024.
In the meantime, city leaders are also hoping to begin construction on a new transmission line that will run through the city, which will then connect to the grid.
Bercosis says the city should begin work on the project sometime in 2019, but the time frame is still up in the air.
“It’s definitely something we’re considering,” he said.
“The timeline is definitely up in a couple of years.
But we’ll see.”
To make matters worse, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has threatened to take down power to Philadelphia if the city does not submit plans to install new substation infrastructure within three years.
That would leave the city without its own power supply, which would leave it vulnerable to an outages that could damage the city and force residents to evacuate.
To solve the problem, Bercicis says it will be critical for the city leadership to ensure that Philadelphia residents have access to affordable and reliable power in the future.
“We need to make sure that people in Philadelphia have a place to turn for power if they have no other options,” he explained.