Monday, June 22, 2009

 

Heat Waves and the US Grid

Power shortages, brownouts, load-shedding, and similar problems are nothing new, and indeed routine, for many countries of the world, but how about in developed countries like the US? A study released last September, “Lights Out In 2009?” [PDF], rang the warning bells on the state of the US grid and the distinct possibility of brownouts and blackouts, especially due to the heavy demand for electricity in very hot weather.

It’s still only June, but already the US is experiencing very hot weather. Watch this situation carefully, and if you live in the US, plan accordingly. The loss of electric power, even for a short time, is catastrophic for modern societies and economies.



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