Blackouts Loom With California In Power Grid Emergency: "All Customers Should Expect 14 Days Without Power"

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Submitted by Mac Slavo via SHTFPlan.com,

The entire Los Angeles metropolitan area and most of Southern California can expect blackouts this summer.

The power grid is under direct threat as a result of the unprecedented, but little reported, massive natural gas leaks at Alisco Canyon that was ongoing for  four months as an intense summer heat wave sets in.

According to Reuters:

California will have its first test of plans to keep the lights on this summer…

 

With record-setting heat and air conditioning demand expected in Southern California, the state’s power grid operator issued a so-called “flex alert,” urging consumers to conserve energy to help prevent rotating power outages – which could occur regardless.

 

Electricity demand is expected to rise during the unseasonable heatwave on Monday and Tuesday, with forecast system-wide use expected to top 45,000 megawatts, said the California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages electricity flow through the state. That compares with a peak demand of 47,358 MW last year and the all-time high of 50,270 MW set in July 2006.

 

That could put stress on the power grid, particularly with the shut-in of Aliso Canyon, following a massive leak at the underground storage facility in October [Editor’s Note: which was not stopped fully until mid-February 2016].

The large-scale natural gas disaster – which curiously escaped media frenzy and widespread environmental concern – has resulted in the shutdown of key storage facilities that supply most of the power for the southern portion of the state.

As summer demand for electricity to cool homes and businesses kicks into high gear, power plants are planning to shut down, with supply shortages triggering controlled blackouts and brownouts.

Reports say that “all customers” should expect to be without power a total 14 days – 2 weeks time – out of this summer. Some 21 million Californians stand to be directly affected:

All customers, including homes, hospitals, oil refineries and airports are at risk of losing power at some point this summer because a majority of electric generating stations in California use gas as their primary fuel. In April, millions of electric customers in Southern California were warned they could suffer power outages on up to 14 days this summer due to the closure.

 

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Unlike some other gas transmission systems that can store large amounts of so-called linepack gas in pipelines, like PG&E Corp in northern California, SoCalGas cannot function with only pipeline or storage supplies.

Planned rolling brownouts have been done on a regular basis in Southern California since the days of Enron and the California energy crisis of 200o-2001, but the situation is getting more dire.

As demand spikes, customers can expect to pay more for electricity, even as supplies threaten to be cut off, leaving families, residents and businesses in the dark.

All this, as California’s historic drought problems continue to plague the state and restrict available services.

As Tess Pennington notes:

This puts stress of the other electrical grids who then compensate for the loss of energy to that existing grid. When these events take place, there is an overwhelming increase of power in homes and commerce to either generate heat, air conditioning or electricity. When this need overwhelms the grid, the utility company intentionally “shuts off the power to an area in order to reduce the load on an electricity generation and grid. The utility company turns it back on, and then shuts the power off in a different area, with outages in any given area typically lasting 60 to 90 minutes, according to the California Energy Commission. This is a last resort measure of utility companies to avoid an even worse situation — a total power blackout.

Of course, there is plenty of room for unplanned blackouts as well, as an increasingly vulnerable power grid nears the perfect conditions for a grid down scenario.

In the worst case scenario, these massive power outages, particularly if they are sustained for longer periods (authorities estimate up to 2 weeks without electricity is likely, though not necessarily in consecutive days), could interrupt other vital services – including grocery deliveries, water, gasoline at the pumps, and even communications.

The larger question is whether or not they want the grid to fail.

It is simple economic fact that the power companies stand to make more money of a power shortages during a crisis than they do during abundant and cheap energy.

Homeland Security and other government agencies have been preparing in secret for a grid disaster for several years now

Former DHS secretary Janet Napolitano ominously warned ahead of the Grid Ex II multi-agency drill that an unprecedented collapse of the power grid is imminent, and could result from a cyber attack, an EMP or a massive natural disaster:

The outgoing Homeland Security Secretary has a warning for her successor: A massive and “serious” cyber attack on the U.S. homeland is coming, and a natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.

 

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An electrical grid joint drill simulation is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill.

 

If the power grid fails, a lack of electricity and food delivery are only the first wave of troubles facing the American people. Police could face major problems with civil unrest. Of course, there also would not be any electric heating or cooling, which easily could lead to many deaths depending on the season. (source)

It seems that it is a matter of when, not if.

That’s why having an off-grid, alternative source of energy is essential for any prepper or level-headed individual, though many communities are now discouraging solar by requiring that it be connected to the grid and regulated by energy companies.

At a minimum, with an admitted potential for two weeks with the light out, you should have a one month supply of food for your family, as well as basic emergency supplies (including candles, flashlights, batteries and other light sources).

It is also prudent to:

  1. Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.
  2. Look into alternative power sources to supply your home with power.
  3. Have ways to prepare food off the grid.
  4. Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  5. Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
  6. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.
  7. Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.
  8. Have money on hand in case stores are not processing credit cards.

(Among other good ideas. Read more from Tess Pennington’s Are You Ready Series: Rolling Blackouts and Power Outages)

This isn’t just planning for the possible, this is planning for the inevitable, and even the California authorities admit it.

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Looney's picture

 

All Customers Should Expect 14 Days Without Power

Sounds EXACTLY like Venezuela   ;-)

Looney

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Leader of the free world ladies and gentlemen. 

I am more equal than others's picture

 

 

 

Why don't they Use solar power? /sarcasm

MalteseFalcon's picture

Get rid of the grid. 

Localize power production.

In terms of security, it is the weakest link in the chain.

Of course, in terms of control, the grid is unmatched.

When the lights and cameras go out, you'll be glad that Moonbeam disarmed you.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

As California goes so goes the nation.  Best be prepping.

onewayticket2's picture

what happens when SNAP cards dont work at the electric scanner.....?

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Sounds EXACTLY like Venezuela

 

Gonna start rationing toilet paper next.

random999's picture

Its great that we live in almost a cashfree society, would be interesting to see how that would unfold.

At least gov wont run out of money to print new bills.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

We're going to run California on rainbows, boys and girls!  Now here's your potato, and line-cutters will be beaten.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Another 100 million immigrants should help things.

WordSmith2013's picture

Brown never dealt with the fact that --->

 

California Faced Its Greatest Manmade Environmental Catastrophe
of the
Third Millennium

.
http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=29172

cdevidal's picture

Ration toilet paper. Use your finger.

 

Seriously though why do people still live in California?!? And what's with the liberals saying to Mexicans and refugees, "COME ON IN! Plenty of room!" during a resource crisis?!? If that doesn't scream Cloward-Piven nothing else does.

johngaltfla's picture

But at least they don't have those dirty coal plants. There, I said it. It's better to have California Condors chopped up by GE windfarms or ObamaSolar incineration than keeping people alive during hot summer days.

Fawk Commiefornia.

RafterManFMJ's picture

If you live in California you are fundementally retarded. It is known.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Our minds are tiffany twisted.   It's the warm smell of colitas.  You know that colitas smell.  Somebody call up the captain to bring my wine.  

froze25's picture

1st most California people are held hostage by the cities of LA, San Fran, and San Diego. They want the state broken up to escape from those muni's. Second no "Liberals" and I use that term Loosely have any idea what Cloward-Piven is and probably think is some racist/xenophobic/sexist term or something like that. My guess is that the people that have been there for Generations say "why should I have to leave" so they don't. Either way between the drought and EBT/SNAP not working with electricity out, I would get the Fuck out because you know the cities will get down right ugly quick.

SmittyinLA's picture

I live in LA and it is getting down right ugly quick

LA is a criminal shithole.

No trial yet , 4 years on bail, gotta be a record http://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/28/local/la-me-assessor-20131029

SilverSphinx's picture

"Why do people still live in California?!?"

 

Deserved to be asked again.

Cal = Wacko courts, anti-constitution, anti-gun, commie polititics and everyone is waiting for the Big One TM

third world majority voters and on and on and on...

TBT or not TBT's picture

A lot of things scream cloward-piven these last 7 something years.   I think Jerry Brown's high speed boondoggle to no where would theoretucally run on electricity.  Very clean technology, an electric train that doesnt run.  

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Déjà view Jun 21, 2016 1:19 PM

Kalifornian at the customer service desk angrily expecting: "Where is my 14 days without power!"

cdevidal's picture

Outdated article. I couldn't find any evidence there's any issue generating power today. I did however find this.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/easing-drought-boosts-california-hydr...

Edit: Downvoted? Just the messenger.

Manthong's picture

Heck, WTF ..

If the commie libs get all of CA off the grid ..

What’s wrong with that ?

Begley jr. and the fish woman, Darryl will be vindicated.

 

johngaltfla's picture

Definitely NOT a Commiefornian. But I do enjoy my cigars and scotch so fuck the pussies out west.

SilverSphinx's picture

John Galt is a fictional character in a poorly written novel by an unbelieving heathen spiritual degenerate, whose views were incompatible with Christianity and is now burning in hell.

johngaltfla's picture

That dead bitch's estate is still worth more than you. Just sayin'.

Crawdaddy's picture

Ole Ayn Rand shilling for the NWo (and dating a Rockefeller) had to turn some kind of earthly profit right? She wasn't exactly a looker.

SilverSphinx's picture
Ayn Rand Was A Secret Welfare Queen

http://knowledgenuts.com/2013/09/20/ayn-rand-was-a-secret-welfare-queen/

 

 

Her books provided wide-ranging parables of "parasites," "looters" and "moochers" using the levers of government to steal the fruits of her heroes' labor. In the real world, however, Rand herself received Social Security payments and Medicare benefits under the name of Ann O'Connor (her husband was Frank O'Connor).

http://www.alternet.org/story/149721/ayn_rand_railed_against_government_...

 

 

 

John_Coltrane's picture

Always annoying to hear yet  another critique of Ayn from those who never read a single book of hers.  However, Atlas Shrugged, the second most popular book of all time, was quite prescient as to our current state and the ideas therein among the most powerful ever expressed in philosphy.  And, yes unlike you, she never bought the old "guy in the sky" hypothesis.  Religion is a huge scam like social security.  It requires the suspension of reason-never a good idea. 

By the way, we know heaven is in the sky, but where the hell is hell located?  (OK a bit of a trick question since its obviously right here on earth and of our own making)  And what is its source of fuel to ensure enternal burning damnation-fusion?  Fairytales are nice for children but adults should grow up and realize we just a bunch of self-organized atoms subject to the second law like all matter.  Yeah, we're all afaid to die, the raison etre of religion-but get used to it and quit using supernatural thinking.

SilverSphinx's picture

  Actually I owned a hodgepodge collection of her works, including an original hardback printing of the Fountainhead, and read them all. Like many naive college age yuts when first exposed to her writings, I was enamored with some of the ideas for awhile.   But after a decade or so I realized her 'philosophy' was actually quite shallow and ill conceived.

 

  I'm sorry to hear that the Holy Spirit, which scripture says is the Spirit of Jesus Christ, doesn't draw you.

  People like you make me think that predetermination theology might be correct, although I find the free will Arminian model of salvation more palatable.

 

 

 

 

 

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Maybe we could get a forward thinking company like Enron to help out?

Chauncey Gardener's picture

Wait, wait, I know, let Elon Musk be the solution when he buys Solar City. Musk to the rescue. What could possibly go wrong?

 

ACES FULL's picture

Couldnt happen to a better state imo.

Normalcy Bias's picture

I'll make the popcorn. This show is gonna be GREAT!

nmewn's picture

Toilet paper lines & rolling blackouts, truly a socialist paradise. Butt on the upside, at night they won't be able to tell who's ass is the shitiest, they'll all be equally...collectively...shitty!

 

See, I'm not always negative.

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Now wut? I thought that was a positive message ;-)

New_Meat's picture

You're POSITIVE that they're shitty!!!

CheapBastard's picture

Everyone needs to herd into those Safe Zones created by Jerry Brown for illegals. Loaded with free food and A/C. Jerry and Barry don't wnat this imports to suffer from the heat.

fredquimby's picture

Multi-XXL packs of Toilet paper (and kitchen roll) make for great loft/roof insulation.

 

 

Crash Overide's picture

Southern California is a shit hole, especially LA.

hxc's picture

You should come to San Diego.

 

That being said, LA is the asshole of socal. Polluted as fuck and chock-full of the trashiest fucks you'll ever lay eyes upon. And hollywood fags scurrying about everywhere