Unstable power grid in the United States

Unstable power grid in the United States

Americans buy emergency generators as long as you can find them in commercial warehouses.

Last week, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned that two-thirds of U.S. businesses could fail this summer.

The transition to green energy has made the network more sensitive to fluctuations in supply and demand.

Some of the mainstream media are feeling the power outage late …

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/california-says-it-needs-more-power-keep-lights-2022-05-06/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/california-faces-summer-blackouts-from-climate-extremes/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/americas-summer-of-rolling-blackouts-green-energy-grid-north-american-electric-reliability-corporation-11653683348?mod=opinion_lead_pos1

Progressives blame network problems on climate change

Drought in the western United States is a factor. The NERC report notes that hydropower plants in the western United States are operating at lower levels, and energy production from heat generators (i.e., nuclear power plants and residual fuels) used to cool the Missouri River could be affected this summer. But the United States has experienced terrible droughts in the past, and it has not.

Today, the problem is the loss of key load generators that can provide reliable 24/7 power. Solar and wind energy are rising, but they are as volatile as air, and cannot be ordered to increase as demand for electricity increases.

One of the problems is that subsidies allow wind and solar generators to make such a profit when they exceed the demand for electricity. On the other hand, most of the coal and nuclear power plants have been closed for some time because they have not been able to make money. These are not seasonal plants.

Natural gas power plants can help reduce stagnation, but their number is not enough to support all renewable energy sources that hit the grid.

Last August, California had difficulty installing five emergency gas generators to prevent a power outage, but its network supervisor warned that the lights would be cut off this summer.

In recent years, the Golden State has relied on energy imports from neighboring countries. But all over the West, coal-fired power plants are shutting down as renewable energy sources increase. There is a greater risk of fires that could damage power lines. Progressives say building more transmission lines to deliver renewable energy from rural areas to cities and suburbs will make the network more sustainable. However, it can create new security vulnerabilities. A winter tornado damaged a power line in the Midwest, increasing the risk of power outages this summer as repairs continue. Manufacturers in the Midwest rely on cheap and reliable energy, but that may be a thing of the past. The NERC says the risk of power outages is very high this summer, especially in light winds. This is due to the fact that the net production capacity of 3,200 MW – mainly coal and nuclear – has been suspended since the summer of last year. That was enough to power about 2.4 million homes. The threat to the Midwest network will increase in the coming years as more coal and nuclear power plants are shut down. Electricity supplier Vistra has announced it will stop producing 6,800 MW of coal by 2027, blaming a “irreversibly non-functional” market and government subsidies for renewable energy. The first is partly the result of the second. Mark Denzler, general manager of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, recently told Central Square: “We can’t close the facility for four, six or eight hours.” “If you’re making certain products, take a food item, for example, you can’t just tie it up and put that food on the line.” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently said he doesn’t expect power outages because the state can get energy from its neighbors. It is better for him to read the NERC report.

Most Democrats do not realize or care that their climate policy makes the network less sustainable and reliable.

California energy officials on Friday (May 27) gave a sober forecast for the state’s power grid, saying it did not have enough power to turn on the lights this summer and beyond if heat waves, fires or other extreme events damage electricity. harvest season.

During an online briefing with reporters, officials forecast a potential shortage of 1,700 megawatts this year, which could rise to 5,000 megawatts if the network is taxed with numerous problems that reduce existing capacity while increasing demand, government officials said. during an online briefing for journalists.

Supply gaps in this area can evacuate 1-4 million people in California alone.

The most indefinite period of power shortage occurs in the early evenings after sunset ….

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