Higher risk of blackouts in some big urban areas this Summer

Not likely for the PNW - we export surplus power from the Columbia River dams
Highly likely in the PNW. You see, the elites have concocted a plan to contaminate the Murder Hornets with Covid-19. Then they're going to engineer power outages so the Murder Hornets can spread death and mayhem under cover of darkness. If you never hear from me again, it's because they came after me for uncovering and exposing their dastardly plot.
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Will happen in the PNW. We export our power. Kalifornia pays ~10¢ more per kWh than us. Gas pump logic....
I doubt it - yes they pay more - Calif power exported over a thousand plus miles is more expensive, so they have to pay more. California has brownouts and blackouts - when was the last time you heard of that happening in Orygun or WA state due to lack of power?
 

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Highly likely in the PNW. You see, the elites have concocted a plan to contaminate the Murder Hornets with Covid-19. Then they're going to engineer power outages so the Murder Hornets can spread death and mayhem under cover of darkness. If you never hear from me again, it's because they came after me for uncovering and exposing their dastardly plot.
;)
When the engineers/techs turn into zombies then I will be worried.

See, I have an early indicator for that; my neighbor works for COE and works on the electrical engineering issues for the dams. So if I see him wandering around like a zombie, then I will know it is time to unlimber the genset. ;)
 
I doubt it - yes they pay more - Calif power exported over a thousand plus miles is more expensive, so they have to pay more. California has brownouts and blackouts - when was the last time you heard of that happening in Orygun or WA state due to lack of power?
Never.
That 10¢ might be additional transmission costs, plus more taxes to pay for the socialist state policies.
However, the tin foil hat in me cannot resist the thought of being Enron'd for additional profit. A zombie response. I will check my genset....
 
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You all realize that BPA buys 'power' from many surrounding states and does not rely on just the Columbia. Now that most of Cali is invading the PNW in search of some paradise, that 'power' will be need for all the new residents. Power and water are limited commodities, renewable yes but not unlimited. No snow, no water, no power! A drought is not just about rainfall. Think about where the dams for power generation are located!
 

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You all realize that BPA buys 'power' from many surrounding states and does not rely on just the Columbia. Now that most of Cali is invading the PNW in search of some paradise, that 'power' will be need for all the new residents. Power and water are limited commodities, renewable yes but not unlimited. No snow, no water, no power! A drought is not just about rainfall. Think about where the dams for power generation are located!
Agreed, but we do have a surplus generated here - from what I understand.

I don't think we are going to have a problem with generation this year. East coast? Sure. PNW, not so likely.
 
It's just more left wing scaremongering from the Daily Beast. The flaw in their theory is that if so many people are still working from home it is proportionate to the amount of office space that will still be closed down so no net gain on the power grid. Any brown outs or grid shut downs will likely be political in nature. Yes, bring some aluminum foil to this party. :s0033:
 
Not likely for the PNW - we export surplus power from the Columbia River dams
Actually, it might be likely. We do export power (as in MUST by contract export power), which means we could fall short of local use (so to speak) power. Also, the infrastructure the article refers to is not generation but distribution. Specifically residential distribution. Most is set-up for peaking loads, and not a high base load (which AC all day long is a very large base load). Lose a fuse on a lateral (or relay takes out a mainline), and that part of the system goes down. Short out a transformer, regulator, or overextend a tap changer at a local substation, and it chan take quite awhile to repair.
 

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It's just more left wing scaremongering from the Daily Beast. The flaw in their theory is that if so many people are still working from home it is proportionate to the amount of office space that will still be closed down so no net gain on the power grid. Any brown outs or grid shut downs will likely be political in nature. Yes, bring some aluminum foil to this party. :s0033:
However, general/central AC is (I believe) more efficient than individual window AC unit, and some of them are solar powered (the office building I used to work in had a huge megawatt solar power installation on top of its parking garages). Also, at least some of those office buildings may be resuming operations as some people go back to work, and others stay home.

It is hard to say - the east coast states have a history of power problems. Anyone who has lived there knows that the region has heat and humidity climates in the summer that is made tolerable by air conditioning (I remember my time stationed in Yorktown, VA with the 99* heat and 99% humidity).

Here in the PNW, the wetside doesn't get so hot and humidity is not so bad. I turn on the AC and keep the house closed during the really hot days to keep the house cool so I can sleep better at night, but I could do without it. Those days are usually only a few weeks in the summer. When I was a kid, almost nobody had AC in their house - it usually was not needed. Even in my early adult life, we didn't have AC in most houses.
 
When the engineers/techs turn into zombies then I will be worried.

See, I have an early indicator for that; my neighbor works for COE and works on the electrical engineering issues for the dams. So if I see him wandering around like a zombie, then I will know it is time to unlimber the genset. ;)
You’ll of course let us all know, correct? :)
 

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