Maintaining the energy grid is already essential—it’s part of what keeps traffic lights functioning and security systems from failing us. There’s no denying that modern society has a reliance on electricity that makes it difficult to imagine us maintaining our quality of life without it. However, we’re on the precipice of a time where uncertainty shrouds the energy sector. The future of our energy needs, sources, and what that power will be used for isn’t clear, but what is obvious is that the security of the energy sector is going to become paramount in the near future.
Heavier Reliance on Automation
We’re on the brink of a revolution in how work is done, not too dissimilar from the Industrial Revolution. If we think of the Industrial Revolution as having replaced much of the physical burdens that manual labor jobs required, the era we’re headed into will see much less reliance on the mental labor that comes with many jobs. This means automating everything from truck drivers, to security systems, to personal assistants and secretaries. Doing this could lead to increased efficiencies and lower upfront costs for many businesses, but it also means a heavier reliance on the energy sector to keep those automated systems up and running.
Uncertainty About the Future of Energy
There’s a huge push for more forms of alternative energy to be put in place but it’s unclear what the timeline for adoption of these technologies will be. Not only do these systems offer cleaner, sustainable energy, but decentralizing energy can also address many of the traditional security concerns associated with the energy sector. Nonetheless, if we jump ship too soon and leave our traditional energy sources unprotected, it could have disastrous results.
Shifting Control of Global Energy Supply
This goes hand-in-hand with changes in energy technology. For ages, energy like oil was in the control of whoever had it. That fact alone had massive impacts on geopolitical power structures and who was able to control the global energy supply. As we move away from energy sources like oil and gas, it could cause international tension between nations. Keeping energy facilities protected in light of those potential tensions is an absolute necessity.
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