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  • Blackouts Loom In California As Electricity Prices Are “Absolutely Exploding”

    06/26/2021 8:50:18 PM PDT · by blam · 141 replies
    Nation & State ^ | 6-26-2021 | Robert Bryce via
    Two inexorable energy trends are underway in California: soaring electricity prices and ever-worsening reliability – and both trends bode ill for the state’s low- and middle-income consumers. Last week, the state’s grid operator, the California Independent System Operator, issued a “flex alert” that asked the state’s consumers to reduce their power use “to reduce stress on the grid and avoid power outages.” CAISO’s warning of impending electricity shortages heralds another blackout-riddled summer at the same time California’s electricity prices are skyrocketing. In 2020, California’s electricity prices jumped by 7.5%, making it the biggest price increase of any state in the...
  • California May Face Round Two Of Energy Shortages This Summer

    05/29/2021 5:02:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | May 29, 2021 | Charlotte Whelan
    Last summer, when a heat wave rolled across the western United States, California residents experienced energy blackouts as a result of a difficult-to-manage power grid. Even after that experience, which put residents’ health at risk due to excessive heat exposure, California continued its push to ban fracking, shut down nuclear power plants, and rely solely on renewable energy. Now, anew report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) states that “California is at risk of energy emergencies during periods of normal peak summer demand and high risk when above-normal demand is widespread in the west.” The report says that...
  • Taiwan hit by triple blow of drought, blackouts and COVID surge (chip shortage)

    05/26/2021 5:26:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    NikkeiAsia ^ | 5-25-21 | CHENG TING-FANG and LAULY LI,
    The calm of a sunny May afternoon in Taiwan was broken by a crescendo of smartphones buzzing due to a national emergency alert. Electricity blackouts were coming due to a malfunction at a power plant in the south of the island. People had no time to prepare. There were more than 30 reports of people being trapped in elevators half an hour after the warning in the capital city. "I was talking to my clients... but our building suddenly blacked out. The air conditioning as well as WiFi crashed completely, so I went home early," a manager with the surname...
  • TSMC, high-tech firms unscathed by massive outage in Taiwan

    05/13/2021 9:53:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    DigiTimes ^ | Friday 14 May 2021 | Monica Chen
    TSMC and other major high-tech firms in Taiwan have reported little impact from a five-hour rolling power blackout that affected many parts of the country on May 13. TSMC stated some of its fabs saw brief voltage drops as a result of the outage following electricity distribution issues at a power plant in Kaohsiung, but the foundry house soon activated emergency backup generators to maintain normal production and minimize possible impact. The STSP administration also noted that only seven out of some 40 companies using 22.8kV power supply system in the park were affected by the power blackout, and most...
  • Yes, Overreliance On Wind And Solar Helped Feed Texas’s Power Outages

    04/12/2021 7:24:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 12, 2021 | Chuck DeVore
    Correcting the record is important since assigning the wrong reasons for Texas’s electric blackouts will lead to the wrong solutions.hen the lights went out in Texas earlier this year, corporate media and the left swiftly developed a narrative and stuck to it: Texas failed because it didn’t regulate enough and it wasn’t part of the national grid.This storyline also claimed a lack of electricity from wind and solar had nothing to do with the disaster that claimed almost 60 lives. Instead, the blackouts were the failure of normally reliable thermal power—natural gas, coal, and nuclear—due to a reluctance to spend...
  • Texas death toll from February storm, outages surpasses 100

    03/25/2021 9:44:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies ^ | March 25, 2021 | PAUL J. WEBER and JAMIE STENGLE
    Texas officials on Thursday raised the death toll from February’s winter storm and blackouts to at least 111 people — nearly doubling the state’s initial tally following one of the worst power outages in U.S. history. The frigid weather also was blamed for dozens of more deaths across other Southern states including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. The majority of the Texas deaths are associated with hypothermia, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. And the dramatic number of new victims is still a potential undercount, as officials continue investigating deaths that happened around the time the...
  • Texas, California Blackouts Reveal Fatal Flaw in Biden’s Energy Plans

    03/19/2021 7:38:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/19/2021 | TOM HARRIS AND DR. JAY LEHR
    Does President Joe Biden really want the United States to cede its hard-won energy independence and leadership position in the world? Because that is precisely what will happen if the president tries to sweep away the inexpensive, reliable forms of energy that have been powering America for decades. To understand the disaster that awaits the nation if Biden makes good on his pledge to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar power, we need only look to California and Texas, two states that have already tried to do exactly that. Power outages are now commonplace in California. Its troubles are...
  • Investigative Report: The Reason Behind Blackouts Across China; Not many people know that blackouts similar to Texas have happened in many cities in China , nor do they realize the real reason behind it.

    02/24/2021 5:21:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 02/24/2021 | JENNIFER ZENG AND KATE JIANG
    The recent blackout in Texas in the United States has drawn a lot of attention from all over the world, but not many people know that similar blackouts have happened in many cities in China since the end of last year, nor do they realize the real reason behind it.An in-depth investigation done by The Epoch Times on the structure of electricity consumption in China has led to the conclusion that its fast-growing digital surveillance industry has not only become an important new engine for the Chinese economy, but also competes with residents for power. The omnipresent digital surveillance system...
  • How To Survive For Three Days With No Water Or Power On $200

    02/23/2021 9:04:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 250 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 23, 2021 | Mike Papa
    Thanks to experience with numerous hurricanes, we were prepared for the Texas power outage and no one slept in the cold at our house. When you are prepared, three days is not that bad.I have lived along the Gulf Coast my entire life, mostly in the Houston Area. I lived and worked in Louisiana when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav slammed into South Louisiana and have learned from my successes and failures and those of my friends.After moving back home to Texas and a long period of relatively quiet storm activity, Hurricane Harvey was a test of different beast until...
  • Glycol Is Your Friend

    02/19/2021 5:22:40 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 19 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 2-19-21 | MOTUS
    So let me get this straight: we can land on Mars (average temperature –81 degrees F), seek out signs of ancient life, collect samples of Mars to be saved in orbit until retrieved by a later mission and land the first helicopter on another world…but we can’t keep the electric grid and water pumps in Texas operating during a cold spell? Something tells me this is a human problem rather than a technological one, as everyone knows you have to winterized wellheads, pipelines and gauges in order to keep natural gas (still the primary source of electricity production in the...
  • Get Ready for Nationwide Blackouts If Biden Wins

    02/16/2021 6:55:39 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies ^ | December 7, 2020 | Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris
    The power disaster unfolding in California will soon occur across the country, if Joe Biden gets his way. The Golden State has been sweeping away the forms of energy that have provided reliable electricity for decades, under the same agenda the former vice president is planning for America as a whole.
  • This Blizzard Exposes The Perils Of Attempting To ‘Electrify Everything’

    02/15/2021 10:03:05 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 58 replies
    Forbes Magazine ^ | Feb 15, 2021 | Robert Bryce
    The massive blast of Siberia-like cold that is wreaking havoc across North America is proving that if we humans want to keep surviving frigid winters, we are going to have to keep burning natural gas — and lots of it — for decades to come. That cold reality contradicts the “electrify everything” scenario that’s being promoted by climate change activists, politicians, and academics. They claim that to avert the possibility of catastrophic climate change, we must stop burning hydrocarbons and convert all of our transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial systems so that they are powered solely on electricity, with most...
  • Near power grid blackout in Europe before Nationwide electricity collapse in Pakistan – What’s plunging millions of people in the dark around the world?

    01/14/2021 8:07:19 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 42 replies
    Strange Sounds ^ | 1/13/21 | SS
    A near power grid outbreak on January 8, 2021 cut Europe’s power grid into a south-eastern and a north-western part for about an hour was described as one of the most critical near-blackout situations since the region’s last major blackout in 2006. A day after, on January 9, 2021, Pakistan and most of its 210 millions inhabitants were plunged into darkness during several hours. This was Pakistan’s second major power breakdown since May 2018, when the country remained without electricity for more than nine hours. A disturbance in the synchronised European high-voltage power grid on Friday, 8 January 2021, resulted...
  • Mass blackouts after China cuts Australian coal imports

    12/19/2020 10:56:02 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 63 replies
    China is suffering mass power cuts in the south, prompting cities to dim street lights, suspend factory production and tell office blocks to turn off heating unless the temperature falls below 3C. The electricity crisis appears to have been prompted by a shortage of coal after Beijing banned imports from Australia. China imposed trade bans against Australia after Canberra demanded an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus and criticised Beijing’s treatment of the people of Hong Kong.
  • Edison Cuts Off Power to 8,000 Homes in Southern California on Thanksgiving – 100,000 More at Risk For Shutoffs

    11/27/2020 5:12:34 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 97 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 27 Nov 20 | Cristina Laila
    On Wednesday Edison International threatened to cut off power to homes in Southern California as a preventative measure against dry conditions and high winds. Edison said they would cut off power to Southern California homes and businesses on Thanksgiving to ‘prevent fires.’ The utility company followed through and cut off power to more than 8,000 homes in LA, Orange, Kern, Ventura and San Bernardino counties on Thanksgiving evening. 100,000 more homes are at risk for shutoffs depending on weather conditions as meteorologists warn of strong Santa Ana winds. Yahoo News reported: More than 8,000 Southern California Edison customers were without...
  • How Can I Flee Wildfires in My EV When There's No Electricity?

    10/28/2020 10:10:31 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 54 replies
    Institute for Policy Innovation ^ | Oct 27, 2020 | Dr. Merrill Matthews
    You can’t make this stuff up! Last month California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order “requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector.” Just one month later California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced it would be cutting electric power to about 1 million of the state’s residents in an effort to reduce the risk of downed powerlines starting even more wildfires. “It’s the fifth time this year that Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest utility, has cut power to customers in a...
  • How Refusing To Wisely Manage California’s Resources Led To Incessant Blackouts

    09/10/2020 2:03:28 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Sep 7, 2020 | Chuck Devore
    Politicians like Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom blame global warming and President Donald Trump for California’s woes. Yet Newsom has cautiously moved to mitigate some of his state’s past policy missteps by increasing efforts to clear forests of fuel and allowing some natural gas power plants to remain open for a few more years to reduce the threat of blackouts caused by an overreliance on unreliable wind and solar power. Giving policymakers the benefit of the doubt—that they didn’t intend to promote policies that resulted in burned towns, scores of deaths, and widespread power outages—how did they arrive at this point?...
  • Kamala: California ensures that 1/3 of electricity is from renewable sources. Here’s how we can make it a model nationwide

    09/08/2020 3:58:56 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 85 replies
    Kamala Harris ^ | Feb 9, 2016
  • California's blackouts present an example of what not to do

    09/07/2020 4:33:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/07/20 | Jakob Puckett
    Two weeks ago, millions of Californians faced hours-long electricity blackouts for several days. This wasn’t an accident, though - there weren’t any trees falling on wires, and there were no wildfires jeopardizing power plants. The reality? California did this to itself. The state’s recent energy woes are the result of policies that have put them in a precarious place, and the rest of the country should pay attention. The cause of California’s problem was simple: There wasn’t enough electricity to meet everyone’s needs. With more people staying indoors to avoid the coronavirus and a heat wave sweeping the region, electricity...
  • California blackouts could hit up to 3 million as grid managers plead for conservation

    09/06/2020 2:51:28 PM PDT · by rintintin · 102 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Sep 6 2020 | Dale Kasler
    Blackouts could hit as many as 3 million California homes and business Sunday evening as an epic heat wave smothers the West, the manager of the state’s electricity grid said. It would be one of the largest blackouts in California history, if not the largest. After narrowly avoiding blackouts Saturday night, the Independent System Operator, which runs the grid, said it was facing a shortfall of 4,000 megawatts unless Californians comply with urgent pleas for conservation. Read more here: