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> NERC, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, is the organization that oversees the development of the national electric power grid.
> > The vision for the Electric Reliability Organization Enterprise, which is comprised of NERC and the six Regional Entities, is a highly reliable and secure North American bulk power system. Our mission is to assure the effective and efficient reduction of risks to the reliability and security of the grid.
> > https://www.nerc.com
> > The above quote and following excerpts are taken from their 2022 Long-Term Reliability Assessment published in December 2022. You can download the PDF Report Here.
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> > The report states that, “Most areas are projected to have adequate electricity supply resources to meet demand forecasts associated with normal weather.” But last week most of the United States experienced an Arctic cold blast that was not normal. Here in Middle Tennessee most people were not ready for sub-freezing temperatures. Water pipes froze, power went out and many problems became emergencies.
> > The report goes on to say that, “In many parts of North America, peak electricity demand is increasing, and forecasting demand and its response to extreme temperatures and abnormal weather is increasingly uncertain. Electrification and distributed energy resource (DER) trends can be expected to further contribute to demand growth and sensitivity to weather patterns. Specifically, electrification of residential heating requires the system to serve especially high demand on especially cold days.”
> > Power Companies Adding Unreliable Wind and Solar
> > As you can see in the image below, Coal and Nuclear sources have dropped while Solar and Wind have gone up in Capacity at Peak Demand. See the footnote regarding the nameplate capacity for solar, wind and some hydro.
> > Natural Gas, Coal and Nuclear power plants that are operating below their maximum capacity before a weather event can usually be “turned up” to meet the demand. Solar and Wind systems can not. And battery storage for those systems to meet any measurable needs is many years off.
> > It’s All About the Money
> > Investors and board members in power companies across the country look at the dollars. They want a return on investments. Putting money into upgrades and maintenance of old nuclear and coal plants is loosing money for them. Investing in those cool “Green” solutions of Solar and Wind gives them a much larger return on their money.
> > My friend Isaac Orr at the Center of the American Experiment in Minnesota
> has been following energy related issues for the past several years. Here are links to several of his articles for your further reading.
> > Minnesota at high risk of electricity shortages for the next five years, warns grid monitor
> > Not a single Minnesota wind facility generated above 45 percent of its potential output
> > Coal plants help offset huge rate hikes on Xcel Energy’s system, but they won’t if we tear them down
> > We Need to Prepare And Help Each Other
> > As winter 2022-2023 is just getting going and many areas of the country will experience hot days and weeks this summer, we must think and plan for ourselves. We need to work together and share ideas, tools and techniques that work when “Normal” goes away. When power, heat, AC and water don’t get to us in normal ways.
> > As we enter 2023 my goal is to collect information and resources to help us prepare for those non-normal times. Times when it’s too cold, too hot or when the power and water system we rely on stop working. I think life is about living non-normal. Let’s get over wanting normal. Let’s share and help each other.
> > If you have ideas and resources that have worked for you I want to know about them. I want to post them here and on my website at
> > so that others can learn to prepare to protect themselves and their families.
> > Comment below or Contact Me if you have information or resources that have worked for you during winter storms, summer heat, power failures or other events. If you are a Prepper and have knowledge of solutions that have worked for you, please share them with me so I can pass them along.
> > We Are The Plan. #WATP We can do this together. God Bless and Happy New Year 2023!
> > Henry
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