- Whether caused by a [decreasing] number of major storms or because of new EPA regulations called for by President Obama, the nation’s power grid capacity will be stretched to its outer limits in the coming years
As President Obama and his federal bureaucracy continue their war against coal-fired power plants – without having a plan in place to replace the plants that new Environmental Protection Agency emissions rules will force to shut down – there is another looming disaster to the nation’s power grid to consider: Outages due to storm-related incidents.
“Last winter, the grid was pushed to the edge,” says one industry official. “With these new regulations, it could get pushed over the cliff.”
No, this isn’t a sop to the climate change hoaxers who believe Al Gore to be a climate change expert and think that the ozone layer is 100 cattle farts away from destruction. Rather, this is about how certain activities – manmade and natural – can and will put large sections of the nation’s power grid out of business because it is already stretched to near-capacity as it is (and electrical availability will become even more scarce as Obama’s EPA shutters power plants).
Having said that, as noted by Fierce Homeland Security, a new Johns Hopkins University study predicts that several major cites from New York City to New Orleans and beyond are likely to become susceptible to more blackouts as major weather incidents increase – wait for it – “due to climate change.”
“University researchers looked at historic hurricane records along with a dozen plausible scenarios in which climate change could affect the intensity, frequency and location of future storms to determine which of 27 cities would be most vulnerable to power outages, according to a university press release,” the website noted.
“We provide insight into how power systems along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts may be affected by climate changes, including which areas should be most concerned and which ones are unlikely to see substantial change,” Seth Guikema, assistant professor with the university’s geography and environmental engineering department, said in the release.
Ho-hum. More climate change claptrap, to be sure. But is the premise of the study – that storms could over-tax our power grid – legitimate? Absolutely. And again, as the Obama regime continues to wage regulatory warfare against a major (affordable) energy-producing sector of our economy, any additional stress on the nation’s power grid should be taken seriously. That includes weather events.
As further reported by Fierce Homeland Security, the Johns Hopkins study identified which cities could be most at risk (spoiler alert: they are some of the country’s major urban and population centers where electricity usage is greatest):
New York, Philadelphia and Jacksonville, Fla., were most at risk for more future blackouts, while cities like Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Buffalo weren’t as much at risk, according to the research, which could help municipalities implement better strategies that lessen the impact to their power grids.
Here is their Top 10 list of the most vulnerable cities:
“If I’m mayor of Miami, we know about hurricanes, we know about outages and our system has been adapted for it. But if I’m mayor of Philadelphia, I might say, ‘Whoa, we need to be doing more about this,'” Guikema said, adding that infrastructure providers and emergency managers need to to plan for hurricanes and other possible weather events in a long-term manner.
As to “extreme weather events,” climate change hoaxers say they are increasing but the hard evidence says otherwise. James Taylor, environment and energy correspondent, writing in Forbes, notes:
New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the past 12 months set a record for the fewest tornadoes in recorded history. Not only did Mother Nature just set a record for lack of tornado activity, she absolutely shattered the previous record for fewest tornadoes in a 12-month period. During the past 12 months, merely 197 tornadoes struck the United States. Prior to this past year, the fewest tornadoes striking the United States during a 12-month period occurred from June 1991 through July 1992, when 247 tornadoes occurred.
The figures – especially the new lack-of-tornado record – is significant because of recent advances in tornado detection capabilities. Taylor writes that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been employing technologies capable of detecting more tornadoes in recent years than in prior decades; even with such enhanced tornado-detection technology, “the past 12 months shattered all prior records for recorded tornadoes.”
So, extreme weather events are fewer and farther between, and the global warming/climate change hoaxers are wrong – again. Both good things.
However, that still leaves an embattled power grid.
As reported by Newsmax, economist Nicolas Loris, “who studies energy, environmental and regulatory policy at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, said the regulations will deliver a blow to the economy and raise costs for consumers, while doing little to improve the environment or reduce carbon emissions.”
True enough. And there is this: the low cost of natural gas is leading power companies to build new plants using that fuel instead of coal. But there will be a lag between the time that those new plants go online and the time coal-fired plants will have to be taken offline because they won’t be able to comply with the Obama EPA’s new emissions standards (in large part because the technology – carbon capture – to make the compliant does not yet exist).
Weather-related events, though they are fewer in number, will certainly put more of a strain on the nation’s power grid. But so, too, will Obama’s EPA.
Do YOU think the EPA’s rules will cause coal-fired power plants to shut down? Do YOU think the rules are even necessary? What do YOU think should be done to compensate for the loss of electrical capacity? TELL US!