In the intervening decade since the 2003 outage that left 50 million people without electricity, utility investments in electrical grid infrastructure have led to a better managed and more flexible system. In a recent AP article, 10 Years After Blackout, U.S. Grid Faces New Threats, RAP principal Rich Sedano diffuses concerns over the grid’s ability to respond to the stress caused by changes in where and how power is produced, particularly as the share of variable renewable resources increases, saying, “Many feel there is a very long fuse here, and there may not be a bomb at the end of it.” Increasing demand side resources and changes in wholesale markets to value resource capabilities in addition to capacity will smooth the way for increasing amounts of variable renewable energy.