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Duke Energy to review rolling blackouts after thousands lost power amid bitter cold

During Christmas weekend, around 800,000 Duke Energy customers across the Carolinas lost power, often without advanced notice, due to rolling blackouts and damaged power lines as temperatures in Asheville reached an eight-year low of zero degrees.Screenshots of Duke Energy's online outage map on Dec. 23 and 24 posted on Twitter by Duke Energy Grid Specialist Jeff Brooks indicated that around 5,000 customers near Asheville lost power due to wind-damaged power lines on Dec. 23 and around 40,000 lost power in rolling blackouts on Dec. 24. Those numbers could not be confirmed, as spokesperson Keith Richardson said Duke does not keep data county by county. The company only keeps data for its service areas, he said, that in this case cover large chunks of North and South Carolina.Everyone had...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Energy Crisis

 

TVA takes 'full responsibility' for Christmas Eve power outages, rolling blackouts

The power generator apologized for the temporary planned power outages, the first in the utility’s 90-year history, and pledged “corrective actions,” in a statement Wednesday.“This is not the way we want to serve our communities and customers,” the statement said. “We are conducting a thorough review of what occurred and why.”The mea culpa comes after government officials and leaders of local power companies dependent on TVA power criticized the utility for its performance during last week’s winter storm that left tens of thousands of Tennesseans without power.TVA supplied more power than at any other time in its history on Dec. 23, the first day of the storm, and experienced its highest-ever winter power peak, the utility said. Energy demand was close to 35 percent higher than expected on...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Energy Crisis

 

Talking Points on the Texas Electricity Crisis

Quick Summary For the last decade+ policy in TX and in the US has been focused on mandating or subsidizing as much wind and solar as possible. TX has bragged about being the biggest wind generator in the US.1 The TX focus on wind has come above all at the expense of coal, which has the resiliency advantage (along with nuclear) of being able to store large quantities of fuel onsite; gas mostly requires "just in time" delivery from pipelines. “In 2009, coal-fired plants generated nearly 37 percent of the state’s electricity while wind provided about 6 percent. Since then, three Texas coal-fired plants have closed...In the same period, our energy consumption rose by 20 percent.”2 Because intermittent wind and solar can always go near zero--as we saw recently in TX--they don't replace the cost...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Alex Epstein Corner

 

Army Corps of Engineers withdraws approval of plans to dredge Texas Gulf Coast Superfund site for oil tanker traffic

The reversal follows a challenge by Earthjustice and community groups alleging flaws in the Corps’ environmental review of Matagorda and Lavaca Bays.The Army Corps of Engineers has reversed its decision to dredge the Matagorda Bay Ship Channel through a federal Superfund site on the Texas coast midway between Galveston and Corpus Christi.The withdrawal of the Army’s 2020 ruling, announced in a court filing last week, follows a legal challenge this year by Earthjustice, an environmental nonprofit, and a coalition of community leaders.The opponents argued that the project—a 27-mile canal expansion designed to bring Suezmax oil tankers to expanded export terminals at Port Calhoun—would stir up mercury and other toxins in Lavaca Bay, off the ship channel. Lavaca Bay was designated as...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Oil/Gas

 

Cutting the "Chord": Canadian-based company axes South Dakota uranium mining plan

Residents and activists in Fall River County are celebrating this week after Canadian company Pegasus Resources announced a decision to withdraw their plans to mine uranium near Edgemont.READ FULL ARTICLE...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Nuclear

 

Substations: The Weakest Link in America’s Power Grid?

16 sectors of critical infrastructure (CI). Recent nationwide attacks highlighted severe vulnerabilities within the energy sector. We must act to protect our power substations so we won’t have to stay in the dark.What’s a Substation?The energy sector, referred to as the “Achilles heel of the United States,” is comprised of and interconnects power plants, transformers, substations, and wires, to the electrical grid via circuits. These circuits allow electricity to flow across 470,000+ miles– enough to circle the Earth almost 19 times. As more pressure is placed on the energy sector and as attacks on grid-related facilities rise, it’s safe to assume the nation’s grid will continue to weaken. Substations are high-voltage electric systems used to switch generators, equipment, and circuits in...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Energy Crisis

 

Water Crisis Caused By Shattering Pipes Continues In The South

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A cold snap blanketing the Deep South has upended water systems as local officials struggle to repair widespread leaks and broken pipes, forcing some people to take drastic measures to get by without reliable access to running water.Breakdowns in infrastructure arose in rapid succession after days of freezing temperatures in areas where extended periods of frigid weather are abnormal.The water woes are acute in places like Jackson, Mississippi, where the water system partially collapsed in late August and has had repeated weather-related breakdowns. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the city is dealing with a “worst case scenario” on Tuesday.Lumumba declared a local state of emergency Monday evening as Jackson's troubled water system failed to produce adequate...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Energy Crisis

 

Physical attacks on power grid surge to new peak

The U.S. power grid is suffering a decade-high surge in attacks as extremists, vandals and cyber criminals increasingly take aim at the nation’s critical infrastructure.Physical and computerized assaults on the equipment that delivers electricity are at their highest level since at least 2012, including 101 reported this year through the end of August, according to federal records examined by POLITICO. The previous peak was the 97 incidents recorded for all of 2021.This year’s tally doesn’t even include 2022’s most visible attack — the shootings of two Duke Energy substations that knocked out power to 45,000 people in Moore County, N.C.And the lights went dark on Christmas Day for 14,000 customers in Washington state after four Tacoma Public Utilities and Puget Sound Energy substations...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Energy Crisis

 

Biden's natural gas "phase out" is the next looming disaster

ack on December 7th (Pearl Harbor Day, appropriately enough), the Biden administration issued a declaration via the Department of Energy ordering all new or refurbished federal buildings to eliminate the use of natural gas and become fully “electrified” beginning in 2025. The order didn’t receive much attention in the press at the time, but this foolish plan needs to be checked at the door. This was, of course, yet another sop to the climate change fanatics, but the White House clearly wanted to bill it in a way that made the plan seem even “better for America.” The order declared that electrifying federal buildings in this fashion would save the taxpayers eight million dollars annually “in upfront equipment costs.” But as the Free Beacon discovered when delving into the numbers, this plan...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Climate Change

 

They Don't Work In The Cold... - YouTube

youtube - Kyle finds out that the new Electrify America chargers that they co-developed with BTC don't work in cold temperatures. He also heads to ChargePoint, EVgo, and other EA chargers to see if they have similar issues in this cold snap. We would really appreciate it if you subscribe to our channel! The more subscribers we have, the more awesome opportunities we will be able to bring to you! ...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Solar, Wind & EV's, Video

 

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