As gas prices rise and the electricity supply falls short, a nuclear power plant is closed in Michigan
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) issued a report that blackouts are almost inevitable across the nation this summer. This report was issued in light of our electric grid’s low generation capacity, and corresponded with the closure of the Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan.
The American Midwest in particular is at a high risk for rolling blackouts during the summer, as the region is generating around 3,200 less megawatts than during this time last year, while energy demand is estimated to be up 1.7%.
This recipe for rolling blackouts is further exacerbated by the closure of Palisades, which produced 811 Megawatts of carbon-free energy. The shut down of nuclear power plants often leads to replacement by gas-fired energy plants, which given the ridiculous prices for gas and energy in general under Biden right now, is a sub-optimal solution.
Americans are facing the highest gas prices in history, baby formula shortages which seemingly will never end, high food prices, and now an energy shortage which is anticipated to cause blackouts in the heart of summer, where most of the country is ridiculously hot and people will be reliant on air conditioning and other electric creature comforts.
Despite the passage of a majorly expensive infrastructure bill, there is no remedy in sight. Is that bill being used to correct problems with our electrical grid or create pipelines for cheaper gas? Absolutely not. The Biden Administration has done nothing to alleviate any of the problems being faced by average Americans, and in most cases has directly caused these problems.
Prepare for a summer of blackouts and high gas prices, because there is no end in sight.