Biden Putting U.S at Risk of ‘Mass Blackouts’ with Radical Green Energy Push
'I don’t think there is any place that is truly safe,' expert says
President Joe Biden's push for a 'clean energy revolution' is putting the United States in danger of experiencing power outages this summer, according to an expert.
Daniel Turner, founder, and executive director at Power the Future, warned that America is facing a massive energy shortage due to the Biden administration rushing toward green energy.
"I think the entire country is incredibly vulnerable because the entire country is facing a huge energy shortage, and I don’t think there is any place that is truly safe," Turner said.
Blackout could become widespread as grid operators struggle to meet the increased demand.
Turner warned that some states are under increased pressure, especially those which have made pushes to switch over to so-called sources of "green energy," pushed by the Demcorats.
"The areas of the country I’d be most concerned about are the ones that already have inherent weaknesses," Turner said.
"Texas, California, New Mexico, New York, all of New England. These are areas whose policies and political decisions have weakened their electric grid," he added.
Many states have quickly moved to take plants that produce traditional sources of energy offline and switch production over to renewable energy sources.
The only problem is that renewable energy sources do not have the capacity to keep up with the demand of a hot summer.
AS Fox News notes:
Part of the issue with renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar is that it is dependent on variables outside human control, with some areas not having enough wind or sunshine to continuously produce power. Batteries are in development that could help store excess energy production for later use, but the technology is currently expensive and not fully developed.
That could force grid operators into tough decisions to maintain the integrity of the overall electric grid when demand picks up, but Turner argues that the move to renewable energy is a mistake altogether.
Meanwhile, regulators in Illinois have warned of controlled outages after one electric company warned customers of potential heatwaves which could disrupt the grid.
"A recent generation capacity auction has revealed that the Midwest could fall short of needed generation capacity to serve the summer peak load under certain conditions," SouthEastern Illinois Electrical Cooperative said in the letter.
"In the event that this happens, your Cooperative would be directed to disconnect a portion of the load in order to prevent an electric grid failure," it added.
Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker’s vow to move the state to 100% renewable energy by 2045 has faced criticism for the current threat.
"If you look at any country worldwide, or any state in America, that has pushed green energy mandates by government action, not one of them has been successful," Turner argued.
"And you can measure that on multiple levels of success, in terms of what they’ve actually purported to or claim that they would produce in terms of electricity, reliability, cost. In terms of actual construction, or cost to the consumers," he said.
Grid operators in Michigan are now bracing for the possibility of blackouts this summer, with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator's seasonal assessment finding "capacity shortfalls in both the north and central regions of MISO… leaving those areas at increased risk of temporary, controlled outages to preserve the integrity of the bulk electric system," JT Smith, the MISO executive director said, as per NPR.
Electric companies in the state have resorted to social media urging their customers to demand the state keep the plants online.
"We need your help to keep the lights on in Michigan this summer and beyond," Thumb Electric Cooperative General Manager Dallas Braun said on Facebook Monday.
"Electric reliability is at risk today and demand is projected to grow. As soon as this WEEK Michigan regulators are considering closing down more power plants in Michigan. Please join ME in telling them that reliability matters and that they shouldn’t prematurely close these plants," it continued.
"They will choose what neighborhoods go into darkness."
"Historically, when we have done this, we have chosen poor and usually minority neighborhoods to do that."
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this year:
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) already warned multiple times of grid stress as early summer-like heatwaves sent temperatures in certain parts of the state into triple-digit territory.
California's grid operators have also warned of rising blackout threats for the next three summers, as the state transitions to greener forms of energy.
The drought and shrinking reservoir levels have reduced hydroelectric power generation on top of decommissioned fossil fuel power plants.
"We know that reliability is going to be difficult in this time of transition," said Alice Reynolds, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, during a May 6 press conference.
Blackouts could become global
In May, European elites warned nation-states not to resist the “painful transition” by holding onto their own sovereignty.
German vice-chancellor Robert Habeck spoke about the energy crisis, warning that governments of individual nations should not seek to protect their own citizens, but instead follow “the rule of the markets.”
During another discussion, Norwegian finance CEO Kjerstin Braathen described global energy upheaval as a “transition” while admitting there will be mass shortages and economic hardship, but claiming the “pain” is “worth it.”