By now, we’re well-versed in the story of the $15 billion solar plant in Georgia, the $40 billion wind farm in New Jersey, and the $200 billion solar project in California.
But a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reveals that the power grid is doing something that’s not always apparent: The power grid in the U.S. has been getting more and more quiet over the past few decades.
According to a new study from NIST, the average amount of noise made by the power grids has fallen by more than half since 1979.
The report, “Electricity from the Grid: The Changing Status Quo,” found that power grids are getting quieter at a faster rate than ever before.
For instance, according to the report, the U,S.
power grid experienced a total of 1,621 megawatts of noise from 1979 to 2016.
That’s up from 1,922 megawatts in 1979.
However, the amount of energy that’s generated by the grid has dropped by nearly 20 percent since 1979, the report found.
“The energy generated by a given generating capacity is always subject to fluctuations, fluctuations in demand, fluctuations of generation capacity, and fluctuations of load,” said Mark A. Meehl, lead author of the study.
“These fluctuations can have a direct impact on how quickly energy can be delivered and distributed.
The data suggest that this variability is now reducing the noise produced by the US. grid.”
NIST researchers said that the decrease in noise is most pronounced in the Northeast, the Midwest and West.
In the Northeast and Midwest, they found that the average change in noise per megawatt hour (MWh) dropped from 3.6 to 2.4 megawatts over the same period.
In contrast, in the West, the region with the lowest noise per MWh dropped from 6.4 to 5.4 MWh.
“This trend in the East and West has been well documented,” said Meeh.
“What is perhaps more surprising is that the noise is occurring at a slower rate than in the Midwest, the Southwest, and North America, which are where the largest proportion of power generation is generated.”
The researchers also found that in the Great Plains, where electricity is generated more frequently than in other regions, the rate of change in power grid noise was higher than in any other region.
In fact, according a report by NIST released in 2016, there was an 8 percent increase in noise at the national level between 1970 and 2015.
“It is likely that the increase in power noise observed over the last decade reflects the increased reliance of states and communities on large generators and increased demand for the generation capacity,” the report said.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Meehs co-author and Ph.
D. candidate John Ruggiero said that one of the primary reasons that the country is experiencing this level of noise is that energy companies are more efficient.
“There are more and better ways to do the work to produce electricity,” Ruggie said.
“So, we see less noise at any given time.”
In the future, Ruggia said, the energy industry may be looking for ways to increase efficiency.
“We’re talking about a lot of ways to get rid of the noise, which will reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of the electricity generation systems,” he said.
The National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIS) released the report as part of its Energy Information Administration (EIA) Climate Change Progress Report, which aims to provide a snapshot of climate change trends and opportunities across the United States.
In 2020, the EIA expects energy use to grow by 2 percent, to 3.7 percent by 2030 and 5.1 percent by 2050.
“With a growing number of households, businesses and businesses in rural areas, as well as urban centers, we expect energy demand to grow at a rate of 2.6 percent per year through 2045, rising to 6.2 percent by 2065, and rising to 7.1% by 2090,” the EIP report said, adding that this growth will likely continue.
“While these trends are already starting to take place, the potential for the power sector to meet more of its future energy needs will only increase,” it added.
The EIA also notes that, in 2030, the national electricity market will see a 17.3 percent growth in demand compared to 2020, with the energy sector adding more than $4 trillion to the national economy.
“Despite these strong economic trends, electricity generation capacity and transmission rates continue to decrease,” the NIS report said in a press release.
“For example, transmission rates have declined by more as a percentage of total generation capacity than overall generation capacity.
The national transmission market is projected to grow from approximately 10 percent in 2020 to over 18 percent by 2025.
Transmission is the process of transporting