National Blackout Warning Released

National Blackout Warning Released

National BLACKOUT Report – White House Behind It All?

( – The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may be behind us, but the virus has left a trail of other crises in its wake. Baby formula is in short supply across the country, gas prices are skyrocketing, and now many American communities appear set to face power shortages in the coming weeks. On May 18, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) shared some worrying insights about the stability of our power grid.

The Summer Months

The first major issue facing our electricity supply, according to the report, is the approach of summer. As temperatures rise, more Americans will start relying on their energy-guzzling air conditioners to stay cool.

The NERC report notes this year could bring “above-average seasonal temperatures” and resulting instances of drought across the United States and Canada. Some areas are already struggling in this regard. In California, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is considering regulatory restrictions on Californians’ water usage if appeals for voluntary cutbacks don’t work, according to Reuters.

Drought is a particularly potent concern in areas reliant on hydroelectric power, as insufficient water levels will prevent generators from functioning normally.

Wildfires are also threatening the stability of the energy landscape, according to NERC. The report notes that fires will increase in Canada and the Western United States later this year, jeopardizing the power supply. Wildfire season is already in full swing in New Mexico; the fire currently burning there is now the biggest in the state’s history. Thousands of firefighters are engaged in bringing the blaze under control.

Supply-Chain Issues

Problems with the supply chain are also contributory factors. Manufacturers are experiencing difficulties getting the supplies and raw materials necessary to get new sustainable energy production facilities up and running. Also, coal-burning plants are having trouble buying fuel, and the Biden administration’s policy of closing fuel-burning plants is having a large impact, too.

Breaks in the supply chain are closely related to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine in many ways. Cyberattacks are a less obvious risk of this nature, but, according to NERC, Russian hackers are now targeting the US power grid because America is supporting Ukraine.

NERC concluded its assessment by noting its independent status and its goal of documenting “potential bulk power system reliability risks.” As it points out, electricity is “a key component of the fabric of modern society.”

How will we fare as a nation if this possibility of rolling power outages becomes a reality this summer?

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