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

by | May 20, 2022 | Headline News | 23 comments

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

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.

The regulatory body pointed out that supply-chain woes are delaying major Southwest solar projects, while some coal plants have trouble procuring supplies because of increased exports. They said there’s also an increasing threat of cyberattacks from Russia.

By region, the Midwest power grid will be extremely tight. Across the Western US, power generation capacity has declined 2.3% since last summer, even as demand is expected to increase. Grids in the region may have to source power from neighboring grids as extreme heat will cause people to crank up their air conditioners. A situation of low wind speeds could trigger blackouts, according to NERC. They outlined how the Midwest could face power shortfalls due to the removal of power capacity from retiring fossil fuel power plants.

NERC issued a similar warning last year, stating power grids that serve 40% of the US population were at risk of blackouts. One year later, there was only one notable blackout last June during a heatwave in the Pacific Northwest that left 9,000 customers without power. But with reduced electricity generation capacity outpacing new green power sources, the risks of blackouts are increasing this year.

In Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)has already warned multiple times of grid stress as early summer-like heatwaves sent temperatures in certain parts of the state into triple-digit territory.

California’s grid operators have also warned of rising blackout threats –for the next three summers — as the state transitions to greener forms of energy. The drought and shrinking reservoir levels have reduced hydroelectric power generation on top of decommissioned fossil fuel power plants. “We know that reliability is going to be difficult in this time of transition,” said Alice Reynolds, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, during a May 6 press conference.

NERC’s report is an eye-opener for those living in the Western US. Many households face out-of-control inflation, soaring fuel prices, and food shortages ahead of what could be a summer of unrest as the Biden administration is bracing for a wave of violence upon the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe V. Wade.

America is slipping into the abyss as households get a taste of what it’s like to live in Venezuela. It’s not that far off from what people are experiencing today: soaring inflation, shortages, a ruling regime which so many claim was not elected by the majority, and soon, rolling blackouts.

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    23 Comments

    1. ??? ???

      why wait for a blackout later this summer?
      im planning on one later tonight.

      • downtoearththinking.com

        And all of it will be just another created event by these maniacs who stole their power from us and we sit by and watch it all happen. Same with the bird flu that does not even exist but and easy way to cause food shortage for these control freak psychopaths. Why is nobody talking about killing millions of chickens that are not infected with anything except protein and good fats ? Are Americans slow an dumb or what ?

        There is no pandemic and never was one, just the toxins and body parts in the VAX that will kill you by destroying your immune system and the spike proteins that kill your circulatory and heart !

    2. cougar

      blackouts, fuel shortages, food shortages in the united states of america ?
      SHTFplan has been preaching this stuff for years and i never believed them. well, i believe you now !
      if the usa gets thru this summer without multiple areas going at least a week without power, some areas going days without gas or gas rationing with gas lines and not being able to get some meats like chicken and eggs and some fruits and vegetables due to lack of transport because diesel is too high; i will be suprised.
      much thanks to shtfplan, i am prepared. most of the country has no idea what is coming.

      • downtoearththinking.com

        And all of it just more created events. There are no real shortages of anything just manipuations of it all like cutting off the oil supply ? When you do that you create a shortge of anything, like burming down food processing plants to help create another shortge to be manipulated by thase maniac control freaks we call our government ?

        So why do Amercans just sit by and watch it all happen, are they slow and weak or what ir hve they been conditioned and indoctrinated to never fight back even when attacked and never question authority in the last 4 decades in spades ? Men have been emasculated and reduced to total wimps and fatties incapable of fighting back or even thinking correctly !

        http://www.downtoearththinking.com/the-war-for-our-minds-.html

        http://www.downtoearththinking.com/the–go-along-to-get-along–false-paradigm.-.html

    3. Anonymous

      Water may be in short supply as well, and may be far more serious in some areas than a simple lack of abundant electricity.

      I can see a real possibility of a good part of the West, the part that has far exceeded the natural population carrying capacity of the land, having to be abandoned and the people evacuated.

      So where will the people go?

      Ask the Anasazi, they should be able to tell you.

    4. Anonymous

      How will I charge my EV John Deer.

    5. Genius

      Hope you all have security systems in place. Many run on 12 volts dc. A small solar outfit can run it. I see zombies…. lot’s of zombies 😮

      • Genius

        A couple years ago Sgt. Dale turned me on to a digital night vision setup. It is a bushnell with 4x zoom and comes with a picatinny rifle mount also. It was about 250 bux then and it’s a great unit for the money. You can see very well even without the illuminator on. I think it uses C batteries (I don’t have it handy) instead of some wierd shit batteries or rechargeable crap. Put a red dot sight in front of it mounted up againgst the front lens and you have night vision scope. It works! Take it off and use it as a handheld unit. Great to have and great price too.

        • Spider25

          I’ll take a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range!

        • TharSheBlows

          Sgt Dale went Galt.

          Everybody with a clue been seeing this BS coming ever since Obama’s Gun ban BS in 2010. I’ve been 100% off the grid now for over 7 years. 1st move was to get out of the City to a remote rural area BOL Location. Using Solar for Power. If you are not working on your goals every day to get off the grid and away from the masses you will be a Death statistic in a Blackout. Looting and shooting. Pillage and plunder in the cities is coming.

          • Genius

            TSB, I commend you on your wisdom. I have had off grid cabins for over 25 years. The longest I actually lived at one is 8 months. When shtf in 2008 I lost my job and just moved there and stayed. I have been steadily making improvements ever since and I can live there as long as I want. One thing I can’t stress enough STORE AS MUCH FUEL AS YOU CAN! 55 gallon drums are cheap just get an electric car fuel pump to transfer it. Use pri-g stabilizer once a year and your good!

      • Flying Monkeys

        I see zombies…. lot’s of zombies ?

        Yes, they’re everywhere. Yes, they’re alive (although some could be classified as dead). Yes, some are related.
        And worst still, most don’t even know it.

        Good luck “repelling” those pesky ‘zombies’.

    6. NoVaxCidentForMe

      Better Bill Biden!

    7. downtoearththinking.com

      got a model # and what it is called ?

      • Genius

        Bushnell “equinox” I think.

    8. Kevin2

      The grid (electrical distribution) has been in decline due to cutting funding since deregulation allowed significant generation from non utility generators starting in the late 1970s. Generation is where the money is made and distribution is considered an expense. To lower costs business looks to lower expenses hence less funding for distribution. There was significant “fat” (redundancy) which has been cut into over subsequent decades; add in increasing demands and it’s a recipe for problems.

      • Kevin2

        To clarify the non utility generators syphoned off money that before deregulation was reserved for the utility who has the responsibility for the grid. The utility is then operating with less funds and therefore looks to increasingly cut costs.

    9. Anonymous

      Different generators for different jobs. Know your voltage & amp or watt load plus 20% for start up. Know your fuel & storage requirements & cost. DB noise factor. Portable, HD, H2O cooled, 1800, 3600, electronic load rpm. Get what you pay for with each class of gens.

    10. Genius

      Also society has been in decline and crime has risen exponetially since segregation was abolished. Segregation WORKED!

      • Anonymous

        Actually, it was the outlawing of prayer, Christian teaching, and bibles in public schools that initiated it, not the end of segregation.

        Outlawing the authority behind morality nullifies the morality as a self governing force, leading to everyone becoming righteous in their own mind no matter what kind of life they live.

        Something I should think you would approve of based on other of your posts.

    11. Spider25

      Because going green is all apart of the plan order out of chaos build back Bolshevik better!

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