Kinkaid on Electrical Grid

What would you do if the power went out with no immediate sign that it would return? Some public officials are concerned by a recent discovery that power marketing agencies in some states, including those in the west, are not doing enough to protect transmission lines and substations from physical attacks. One of these agencies, WAPA, is responsible for electricity in 15 states and operates 17,000 miles of transmission lines. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid believes that this threat needs to be considered seriously. “We need to take a long hard look at electrical grid security,” shares Kinkaid. “If we do nothing, it will go down and then there will be mass panic. We don’t know how to live and function without power to run our cash registers and scanners.” Kinkaid emphasizes that the grid “must be hardened” and that there needs to be contingency plans in place to keep society functioning if the power goes down, whether for a short time or months on end.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.