America’s electric grid is being mismanaged and consumers will pay a heavy price for that mismanagement…
More evidence of that came with the recent closure of the Palisades Power Plant in Michigan. The 811-megawatt nuclear plant was shut down on the same day that the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) issued a report saying the U.S. electric grid doesn’t have enough generation capacity and that blackouts are almost certain to occur across the country this summer.
“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” Rev. 6:6
In particular, NERC noted that the Midwest is facing a capacity shortfall that could lead to a “high risk of energy emergencies during peak summer conditions.” Palisades was located in the heart of the Midwest, immediately adjacent to the area served by the Mid-continent Independent System Operator (MISO), the region that NERC identified as being particularly short on juice. NERC said the MISO region has 3,200 megawatts less generation capacity this summer than it did in 2021. Despite this loss of generation capacity, NERC expects demand in the region to increase by about 1.7 percent this summer and warned that “extreme temperatures, higher generation outages, or low wind conditions” will mean that MISO will have a “higher risk” of “load-shedding to maintain system reliability” — the industry’s preferred term for rolling blackouts.
In a phone interview, Meredith Angwin, author of the 2020 book, “Shorting The Grid,” told me, “It is shocking to me how people can pretend this isn’t a problem. NERC just said the Midwest is headed for trouble this summer because the region doesn’t have enough reliable generation — and yet, they are closing Palisades. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Palisades was a zero-carbon workhorse.
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We in the UK are facing blackouts, but for different reasons. As said a few weeks ago, our Prime Minister’s bed mate is embarrassingly Green and, I believe, feminine blackmail and pillow talk have persuaded him Green is good. Thus the country has invested in so many more wind farms only to find … volumes of moving air have dropped dramatically this last two years. These installations are a financial and mechanical liability when not powered by wind.
We have geriatric coal fired plants which are being kept going far beyond their design working life, I presumed to save the Prime Minister’s blushes in TV interviews. None the less, the entire power generation system is crumbling.
In our very rural home in the East of England power cuts are the norm every winter because of 75 year old infra-structure unable to cope with modern demand, so nothing new here.
My word! How our world is being shaken!
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