Skip to comments.Over Half The Country At Risk Of ‘Energy Emergencies’ This Summer, Electric Grid Analysis Shows
Posted on 05/20/2022 5:05:18 AM PDT by Tell It Right
Millions of Americans across the Midwest, Southwest and West are expected to face blackouts throughout the summer months, an industry analysis concluded.
A variety of factors, including drought conditions and low wind conditions, are expected to put Americans in roughly 28 states at risk of experiencing blackouts this summer, according to a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a U.S. regulatory authority, published Wednesday. The region managed by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) across 15 Midwest states is at the highest risk of “energy emergencies” during the summer due to capacity shortfalls, the analysis showed.
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Meanwhile, California and Arizona cities are going to die of thirst as the drought dries up their water.
The normal desert condition is replacing the 100 year wet anomaly
More electric cars will solve this problem!...........................
I wonder how many people are secretly glad to hear this? I am especially secretly happy when its California.
And this was the grid that was going to support a 100% electric car America, eh? Those of us who know EE have laughed amongst ourselves knowing that there were N problems with the DemocRAT’s dream of eliminating IC engines in a decade or so without thinking the thing through. Grid, batteries, charging stations, disposal of the windmills, damage to environment from rare materials mining, on and on.
Always remember that STEM students call their failing classmates future politicians and artists.
More self-inflicted injury to the nation. You cannot have electric-powered vehicles without a reliable and plentiful electricity generation and distribution system in place.
And battery-powered electric vehicles are a dead end. There are not enough in available resources to build all those vehicles with batteries and battery charging systems. If it is at all possible, going fully to fuel cells or a compact on-board electric generation system, is the only means by which electric vehicles finally gain favor.
Remember all the coal plants that were converted to natural gas?
Per another article, we’re now sending coal to Europe to help them (since they refuse to keep buying their coal from Russia) and with that, our coal plants are not getting what they need. So, you’ll know who to thank if the lights go out.
My wife and I have an electric car on order. Plus we have a large solar system we're upgrading. I have data on last year's performance (59% of all the power we consumed the past 365 days was free from solar, obviously much higher in the spring to early fall, lower in the winter). Not too bad for an all-electric, two-story house. I'm in the process of upgrading the solar system (from 10kW to 21kW total solar panels, form 9kW continuous inverter to 18kW, from 30kWH to 90kWH battery storage, but since I drain the batteries no more than 70%, count that as 63kWh of useable storage). I believe I'll get 90% total power free from my solar system, buying only 10% from the grid (mostly during the winter). That includes the power to charge the EV to drive ~200 miles per week at approximately 4 miles per kWh (from my panel, not from the battery which is more because that doesn't account for conversion loss).
But it works that well only because we live in optimum conditions for solar (in the south, large portion of our roof facing south at a steep pitch with no shade, metal roof so I don't have to remove the panels in a few years to replace the roof, etc.). And even with all that in my favor, it's nowhere nearly as efficient as fossil fuel use. If I could drill my own natural gas and/or oil and process them I would. The only thing solar brings to the table is I can do it myself without depending on gubment policies to make it available.
We have 68% hydro electric power, it never stops.
“More self-inflicted injury to the nation. You cannot...”
“...battery-powered electric vehicles are a dead end.”
“There are not enough...”
Don’t think the leaders of the Left don’t understand that. They understand it fully. That’s why it’s not possible to fight them with facts, they know the facts, and they know the facts better than most on our side.
Until we call start attacking their intentions, we’ll never defeat them.
Well, Lake Powell and Lake Meade are on the verge of drying up to the point where they can’t turn the generators. By September, they likely will be out of constant action as the drought continues and in fact intensifies over the summer
Twin disaster.......no water and no power.
Desertification normality resumes
So the upshot is power (or the resources to generate it) are being diverted from the red states in the Midwest to blue states? Nah, they would never do THAT...
I think you’ve said it. We have to go after their intentions, but they will deny their intentions. They will lie like they always do.
Imagine this scenario. A home solar system with lots of battery storage (I'm upgrading mine to 21kW total panels, 18kW total DC-to-AC inversion, and 63kWh of usable battery storage not including the 30% SOC I always leave in the batteries). Any upgrade beyond that is running against the law of diminishing returns. It'll produce about 90% of all the power I need, including charging the EV we have on order and driving it ~200 miles per week. The costs involved minus tax credits plus interest I paid on the loan taking it all out will pay for itself 9 years from now (10th year of when I installed the original solar system).
But let's say I add to that system a hydrogen electrolyzer and tank storage for the hydrogen gas out in my back yard. The electrolyzer is horribly inefficient -- the best ones I've seen so far are 50% loss from power used to generate the gas to power created using the fuel cell. Thus it'd be the last thing I'd add to my overall power system. But if it's creating hydrogen gas on the days I have excess power anyway, I can use that gas to get hundreds of miles in an HEV without adding a lot of weight to the car like adding a lot more battery storage to the car would. Plus, the hydrogen fuel cell storage can store power long-term without decline like long-term battery storage does. So if I take long trips a few times per year, the HEV portion of the BEV/HEV hybrid can add a few hundred miles of driving between charges. Maybe I could use that to travel across charger deserts. Or maybe use it to get me to the nearest 300kw charger (letting me bypass the relatively slow 50kW and 150kW chargers).
There’s a reason for all those touristy abandoned cliff dwellings.
That was back before diversity made us so strong.
I’m so old I remember when power was dependable.
Me too. Wood for cook stoves, heaters — Mules, horses for
farming — Out houses for pooping/etc. — Fall slaughtering
for meat — Canning/Preserving in glass jars — etc.
Of course they’ll deny it, but if we don’t get it out there, we’ll keep referring to them as “our friends across the aisle”, and they will keep winning.
Our only hope is to keep calling them out.
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