While the infrastructure is failing everywhere, the situation in Detroit is somewhat unique. The system that failed is owned and maintained by the City of Detroit Utilities. That means zero maintenance forever. Part of the Bankruptcy plan is to turn that system over to the local utility within 5 years. It is such a mess, that the utility is going to upgrade their systems to handle the load, and abandon in place the Detroit mess. That’s why it’s going to take 5 years. Plus all the political junk associated with getting the plan through.
It is a wakeup call for everyone. This is just the tip of the iceberg. If this system is going to take 5 years to replace with the utility waiting in the wings to get started. What happens if we do have an EMP, where everyone is shut down?
Free: The electric utilities have been begging to be let loose to upgrade the infrastructure for years. However EPA and FERC have put so many regulations on it, that it is damn near impossible to do anything. Remember if the power does not get to you, there is no revenue for the utilities. If there is no revenue, their stock will be worthless. They have a vested interest in making sure the grid is operating at peak efficiency. Have yet to see the government worry efficiency.