Across the United States, an energy crisis is growing in intensity, which has been amplified by recent warnings from power-grid operators. Per the grid operator in California, summer heat is likely to induce rolling blackouts across the nation.
During times of higher temperatures, demand for electricity is set to increase and likely lead to supply shortages, per a report from Wall Street Journal.
In addition to California, operators across the Midwest and Texas have also forewarned potential shortages of energy relative to the demand during the summer season.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator CEO John Bear indicated that he is “concerned” about shortages in comments to the Wall Street Journal, adding, “as we move forward, we need to know that when you put a solar panel or a wind turbine up, [it is] not the same as a thermal resource.”
Across the nation, a transition from nuclear power, natural gas, and coal to green energy, including wind energy and solar streams, has raised serious concerns amongst operators.
Moreover, continued supply chain crises have exacerbated the enormous shortage of batteries across the nation.
“[Virtually] Every market around the world is trying to deal with the same issue,” Electric Reliability Council of Texas CEO Brad Jones informed the Wall Street Journal.
“We’re all trying to find ways to utilize as much of our renewable resources as possible,” Jones continued, “and at the same time make sure that we have enough dispatchable generation to manage reliability.”
Regulators across California have warned about potential delays attributable to the supply chain, which may last well through 2025.
The risk of shortages is so acute that Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom is even considering the cancellation of a plan to close a nuclear plant; the governor is now said to be contemplating leaving the plant open to avert serious crises with energy shortages.
California Independent System Operator COO Mark Rothleder informed the Wall Street Journal that it is critical to ensure the state has “sufficient new resources” before ridding itself of other forms of energy, noting that “insufficient capacity” may result if other forms of energy are prematurely retired.