AMERICA’S ELECTRICAL GRID IS AT RISK

According to the Wall Street Journal (May 8, 2022), many states are facing the possibility of “rolling blackouts during heat waves,” “emergency measures,” and “electricity outages.”

What you need to know

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WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

According to MISO, 11 midwestern states face the possibility of temporary blackouts this summer when electricity demand peaks. California and Texas are also sounding the alarm

02

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

Part of the reason for this problem is that coal plants are being shut down and replaced with sources of electricity that are less dependable than coal when electricity demand peaks, for example, during extremely hot weather. When electricity demand peaks, a coal-fired power plant is almost six times more dependable than a wind farm.

03

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

The possibility of blackouts will get worse unless steps are taken to keep coal plants from retiring. Changes to market rules are needed to keep coal-fired plants from retiring.

“As we move forward, we need to know that when you put a solar panel or a wind turbine up, it’s not the same as a thermal resource.”
John Bear
MISO Chief Executive

NEWS

Electricity Shortage Warnings Grow Across U.S.

WALL STREET JOURNAL

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Electric grid operators warn of potential summer blackouts

FOX BUSINESS

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California Warns of Possible Summer Blackouts as Power Runs Low

BLOOMBERG

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Coming this Summer: Spiking Electricity Bills Plus Blackouts

INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS

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Potential record-breaking heat could push Texas power grid to the brink this weekend

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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ERCOT, MISO Warn of Potential Power Supply Shortfalls

POWER MAGAZINE

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Does America Have a Secret Energy Source? Yes, It's Coal

REAL CLEAR ENERGY

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‘Risk of further outages’: California warns of blackouts as another hot summer looms

THE SACRAMENTO BEE

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Power sector warns of blackouts as demand clashes with traditional plant retirements

WASHINGTON EXAMINER

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Texas regulators look to distributed resources, additional coal reserves, to boost reliability

UTILITY DRIVE

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