Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

America’s Power Grid Nears Max. Capacity

By Brent Sauser

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warning 01A very interesting article was published today by Steve Gorehar of The Daily Caller, who is reporting on how close the Unites States is to experiencing routine power blackouts.  Our national power grid is close to maximum capacity.  Some areas could encounter power blackouts as soon as this summer.  CLICK HERE to access the complete Daily Caller article for additional information.  Steve Gorehar writes: 

The United States has the finest electricity system in the world, with prices half those of Europe. But this system is under attack from foolish energy policies. Coal-fired power plants are closing, unable to meet EPA environmental guidelines. Nuclear plants are aging and beset by mounting losses, driven by negative pricing from subsidized wind systems. Without a return to sensible energy policies, prepare for higher prices and electrical grid failures. 

Power Grid 03Capacity shortages are beginning to appear. A reserve margin deficit of two gigawatts is projected for the summer of 2016 for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), serving the northern plains states. Reserve shortages are also projected for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) by as early as this summer.

This article is warning us that the national power grid will not be as reliable is it has been in the past.  Blackouts will become more prevalent while government policy and regulation will continue to complicate the quest for available and inexpensive power.  Electrical prices will continue to rise. 

Power Grid 02We can take control of the situation by adopting a Net Zero approach to new construction and with renovating existing buildings.  Cost of conversion to Net Zero is going down and substantial federal tax credits are still on the table through 2016.  This one-time Net Zero implementation cost will give you peace of mind, power during blackouts, and money back in your pocket.  The technology is here now to make that happen.  You don’t have to be a victim of rolling blackouts and rising electricity prices.  Take control by creating your own power.  Then you will have the power and the control. 

Category: Editorial
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