Regulator Advises Winter Preparations to Support Energy Grid

Prolonged cold fronts or major storms risk power failure. 

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation projects there is an “elevated” risk of power failure across much of the central and eastern U.S. this winter. They estimate that every region east of the Rocky Mountains is at risk, except for the Southeast and upstate New York. 

“Extreme cold weather events can cause electricity demand to deviate significantly from historical forecasts,” NERC’s manager of reliability assessments, Mark Olson stated. “The growth of intermittent resources, like solar generation, on the distribution system significantly increases load forecasting complexity and uncertainty.” 

He added, “Once again, we strongly recommend that operators take the necessary steps to prepare for winter.”  

The National Weather Service said as El Nino patterns develop in the Pacific Ocean, the weather over the winter is forecast to be more intense this year. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. energy officials as they pursue alternate methods to produce power.
  • For energy producers to maintain and strengthen the infrastructure for electricity as winter nears.
  • For Director Ken Graham as he oversees the National Weather Service.

Sources: The Hill, NASA, Axios, The Weather Channel


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