Nation’s power grid at risk this summer?


While southern Oklahoma and Texas are included in excessive heat alerts this week with heat indexes reaching 110 to 112 degrees, it brings to mind the prediction that two-thirds of the country could face electricity outages this summer.

The prediction is in the  2023 summer forecast from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a nonprofit organization that maintains standards for grid reliability and shows that large swaths of the West, South, Central Plains, Upper Midwest, New England and Texas could face blackouts if soaring temperatures strain electrical generation capacity.

Canary Media reports such outages would be due in part to the country’s elimination of older coal-fired plants

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