“Build Blackouts Better”: Half Of America Faces Power Blackouts This Summer, Regulator Warns 

Tens of millions of Americans could be thrown into a summer of hell as a megadrought, heatwaves, and reduced power generation could trigger widespread rolling electricity blackouts from the Great Lakes to the West Coast, according to Bloomberg, citing a new report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a regulatory body that manages grid stability. 

NERC warned power supplies in the Western US could be strained this summer as a historic drought reduces hydroelectric power generation due to falling reservoir levels and what’s expected to be an unseasonably hot summer. Compound the hellacious weather backdrop with grids decommissioning fossil fuel power plants to fight climate change and their inability to bring on new green power generation, such as solar, wind, and batteries, in time, is a perfect storm waiting to happen that will produce electricity deficits that may force power companies into rolling blackouts for stability purposes.

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Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Gonna be Sporty Indeed.
Gonna have to buy some of those BLUE cooling rags if they are around still.

Citizen Joe
Citizen Joe
1 month ago

Good thing they put all those smart meters on our homes and apartments. They can shut us down whenever they want.

Ohio Guy
Ohio Guy
1 month ago

How did our great grandparents ever manage?!

GenEarly
GenEarly
1 month ago
Reply to  Ohio Guy

A society that is modernizing is coming from a Known into a New Known.
A society that is devolving is going from a Known to a (mostly) Unknown.
A life of comfort going to a life of discomfort.
Our grandparents of the pre-electric age are really Great Grandparents and long departed. Some few Americans have the “Tech” of the late 1800’s-early 1900’s but very few compared to the vast population.
I do think the definition of TSHTF will apply. CYA, it will Effect Everyone.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
1 month ago

I lived through the NE Blackout a few years back. It was very informative. Always keep some cash. Always. I had to watch my back leaving the 7-11 with a gallon of milk and 12 pack as all these gold-card waving idiots argued with the owner.
I actually see this as necessary to foster the balkanization needed to try to save this country, but the way the grid is run, we’re fucked, so its for the best…. get your generator NOW. Get your stored gasoline NOW. Get your solar backup NOW. Don’t stock up on frozen goods, freeze dried or canned. Shelf stable.

Stan Sylvester
Stan Sylvester
1 month ago

No mention from ZH regarding geoengineering, aka weather warfare that is the biggest reason for the megadroughts. People think we’re just in a bad weather run.

Citizen Joe
Citizen Joe
1 month ago

Experts point out the power grid is over 80 years old. They say the grid will fail in less than 3 years, just from yearly growth in demand. This doesn’t include increased demand from electric vehicles. The DC politicians voted to buy 700,000 electric vehicles for federal government departments. The grid probably won’t make it another 2 years. A lot of the equipment used in the infrastructure is bought from China. Two years? Maybe not. Plan accordingly. Have a plan for if everything goes dark when you’re away from home, or your family is.

enn ess
enn ess
1 month ago

It won’t hit home how stupid the digitization of currency is until the lectric goes kafluey. Unless you got it in your pocket, you ain’t got squat. Your grandparents knew this, thats how they survived.
This will bring to light the necessity for at least backup reliability for fossil fueled lectric generation, the green new dealio ain’t ever gonna keep up. But continue or reliance on technoawhatever and digitization and lectric cars to overload the system. Yeah that oughta work.
Back a number of years ago, silicone valley got hit with a grid down. They never realized it cause power from other sources automatically kicked in. It was somewhat localized. Culpri was a few well placed rounds of 5.56 into a few transformers. Took em a full 6 months to get them back on line.
Bottom line is that all these substation, far as I know, are staffed with custom made transformers, made for specific locations, loads, etc. To build these transformers of mega watt capacity takes anywhere from 6 months (small ones) to 2 years (larger ones). Last I heard there were 3 or 5 manufacturers in the entire world. One here, the rest in chinklandistan, cause of the environmental regulations ya know.
Now with the reduction of fuel availability, even hitting shipping eventually, doesn’t that paint a pretty picture of getting new transformers on line fro grid reliability?
We got the more, the intelligence, the resources, the knowledge and capabilities to overcome these problems and more. We’ve allowed our overlord elitists jackasses to regulate all that into oblivion. Welcome to a “World Made By Hand”. Now where’s that John Gault guy?

GenEarly
GenEarly
1 month ago

“Let them drink baby milk” JoBama