so what are you willing to "settle" for? that would seem to be a key part of the equation.Outage duration is also something to consider. An hour and a half outage once a week would be 99% uptime, and not catastrophic -- pipes won't freeze, food won't spoil and people won't die. But an 88-hour outage once a year -- also 99% uptime -- will have much more-serious ramifications.
I don't think anybody's willing to settle for 99% uptime.
also how much are you willing to force your fellow citizens to pay to get what you want?
WAG. What you want ends up being a trillion dollars. it will probably be much more but over 30 years let's call it a trillion dollars.
there are about 130 million residences in the US with electricity. that's about $20 a month per residence over 30 years. so we know the off the cuff trillion dollar estimate is low because nothing done by any government entity costs that little. But you really think the politicians are going to to vote to raise everyone's electric rates by even $20 a month? you can't get them to vote to have rates that even pay to maintain what we have now, much less improve it.