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June 20, 2022

Rolling Blackouts To Leave Tens Of Millions Without Power As Fuel Prices Hit Record Highs Making Gas-Powered Generators Unaffordable For Prolonged Outages




By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

Before getting to the meat and potatoes of this article, I would like to clarify that I do not believe that "green" energy should replace the energy sources we use now, but rather be used as a supplement for those that choose to do so.

Say what you will about our main sources of energy, they are still more reliable than wind, or solar, or anything else that is completely dependent on the weather.

Reliable to a point, but getting more and more expensive thanks to the polices of the Biden regime.

While the "sources" of energy used to create electricity, such as coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear power are more reliable than green energy, there are still major vulnerabilities to the actual power grid here in America,

Lack of structural updating the power grid despite years of warnings by experts of the need, possible terror attacks, EMP attacks, and weather events, are just a few of the vulnerabilities.

Which brings us to the warnings of upcoming blackouts we are seeing, due to a brutal Summer up ahead. Not due to the leftist pet issue of "climate change," but because the grid itself is old and vulnerable, and with more people, and homes utilizing the power grids, without it being upgraded to adjust to the continued increased usage, failures are going to occur.

If those failures end up being for an extended amount of time, just like prepping for food shortages, there are ways to prepare for a prolonged grid down scenario, rolling blackouts, or just a few days of darkness and no electricity from a bad storm.

THE WARNINGS......

Reuters reported on June 3: "U.S. Midwest in danger of rotating power blackouts this summer."

The power grid in the Central United States could be forced to impose rotating blackouts on some of the hottest days of the summer due to rising demand and plant retirements, federal energy officials said in an online energy comment on Friday.

Extreme weather is causing increasing challenges for power grids across the United States, and officials are concerned that record heat and drought could result in rotating blackouts in several regions in the western half of the country.

In addition to the shutdown of coal and nuclear plants over the past year, the Midwest's summer generating capacity is threatened by planned maintenance and forced outages, as well as seasonal factors like low wind conditions.

Cnet:

Much of the US and Canada faces a higher than normal risk of blackouts this year. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation warns that above-average temperatures (which drive up demand for electricity) and an ongoing drought (which decreases supply of hydroelectric power) could cause problems for chunks of the grid from June to September 2022. When supply and demand aren't in balance, blackouts can occur.

  

The search engine is full of these reports and warnings, but few (like Cnet linked above) offer solutions and options to help get through the Summer and/or other events, especially if portions of the grid actually fail, rather than energy companies using rolling blackouts (deliberately shutting off power to parts of states for a specified amount of time), to minimize the possibility of total failure.




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POWER SOURCE ALTERNATIVES

One of the first things that come to mind when thinking about power failures or extended electrical outages is a generator, but with the record high gas prices, and the fact that the price increases are expected to continue with no end in sight, a gas powered generator may actually be the least affordable way to guarantee your electrical needs during a blackout.

Which brings me to solar, and again, a reminder that going totally solar, would make you even more dependent on weather, rather than stable energy.

That does not mean solar doesn't have its place though, as a supplement, as a backup emergency survival resource, or even as a last resort.

Generators are more important for prolonged blackouts to keep perishables from going bad, keep your fridge and freezers running, than short outages which would require not much more than twiddling your thumbs and waiting for the lights come back on. 

Some options below offer choices to fit a variety of budgets, since solar generators are generally far more expensive than other types, and not all of us can afford $2K for a generator. 

It is just a matter of using the smaller, less expensive ones on just the priorities, like refrigerators and freezers. rather than lights, TV, video games, etc.....

Portable Power Station with Solar Panel Included, 519Wh Solar Generator with 120W Foldable Solar Charger, MPPT, 12V Regulated Power Supply, 110V Pure Sine Wave AC Outlet, CPAP Backup Lithium Battery

BLUETTI AC50S 500Wh Portable Power Station with Solar Panel Included, 300W/Dual AC Outlet Solar Generator Camping Battery Backup for Travel Trip RV Home Bundle w/120W Solar Charger

Geneverse (Formerly Generark) Solar Generator For Homes: Portable Power Station Backup Battery & Solar Panel Power Generator. 1000W-2000W at 110V. Up To 7 Days of Emergency Power Supply.  (For 1-2 People Family)

Jackery Solar Generator 500, 518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator Mobile Lithium Battery Pack with Solar Saga 100 for Road Trip Camping, Outdoor Adventure

Jackery Solar Generator 1500, 1800W Generator Explorer 1500 and SolarSaga 100W with 3x110V/1800W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Overlanding)

An important factor to consider is whether suffering a blackout or not, the one time cost for a larger solar generator could very well make itself up by using it for fans or AC, rather than the ever-increasing energy costs.

For example:

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is alerting consumers that most utilities will be adjusting their prices for electric generation on June 1 - cautioning that many nonshopping (default service) customers will see sharp increases in energy costs as summer approaches, ranging between 6% and 45% depending on their electric utility.

It isn't just Summer either, but all energy prices are on the rise due to the policies from the Biden regime.

At the rate prices are rising here in the U.S., a solar generator may just pay for itself in energy savings within just a few months.

OTHER RESOURCES TO USE TO SAVE GENERATOR USAGE

Spending that kind of money on generators will also guarantee smart shoppers will not overuse that resource, only utilizing it for priorities, while using other, much less expensive items for any other electrical needs.

LE LED Camping Lantern, Battery Powered LED with 1000LM, 4 Light Modes, Waterproof Tent Light, Perfect Lantern Flashlight for Hurricane, Emergency, Survival Kits, Hiking, Fishing, Home and More

Lepro LED Camping Lantern Battery Powered, Super Bright, Collapsible, IPX4 Water Resistant, Outdoor Portable Lights for Emergency, Hurricane, Storms, Outages, 4 Packs

Energizer Vision LED Camping Lantern, Bright Battery Powered Lantern, Water Resistant Emergency Light, Pack of 1, Black

GearLight LED Flashlight Pack -2 Bright, Zoomable Tactical Flashlights with High Lumens and 5 Modes for Emergency and Outdoor Use

ENERGIZER LED Flashlight PRO, Ultra Bright 1,000+ Lumens, IPX4 Water Resistant Flash Light for Outdoors, Emergency Power Outage -Camping Accessories

Outdoor solar lights:

Vont LED Outdoor Solar Lights, [2 Pack] IPX7 Waterproof Landscape Spotlights, Garden Lights, Wireless Solar Powered Outdoor Lights/Lighting for Yard, Walkway, Driveway, Porch, Patio (Cool White)

ROSHWEY Solar Outdoor Lights 10 Pack 30 LED Solar Fence Lights Stainless Steel Waterproof Post Solar Lamps Deck Lights Step Lighting for Outside Walkway Stairs, Cool White Light

Solar Lights Outdoor String Lights -50FT Vintage Edison 2W Shatterproof Bulbs Commercial Grade Weatherproof Strand Heavy-Duty Decorative LED for Patio,Backyard,Porch,Garden (50ft)

Cooking:

Wood stoves, for those without a fireplace, is also a great way to get your meals cooked without wasting your solar powered generator, and if suffering an electrical outage in the Winter, is also a great way to heat a room, apartment or small home.

WINNERWELL Nomad Medium Tent Stove | Tiny Portable Wood Burning Stove for Tents, Shelters, and Camping | 800 Cubic Inch Firebox | Precision Stainless Steel Construction | Includes Chimney Pipe

US Stove US1269E 900 Sq. Ft. Log Wood Cast Iron Stove, Black

US Stove Company SR57E Rancher Cast Iron Stove, Black

If looking for something that will never be needed for heat for those living in a warmer climate,  a simple BBQ grill can cook anything that you can cook on a stove or in an oven.

I know the "manly men" out there like their tricked-out grills, that look more like full kitchens, but really, a simple, very cheap charcoal grill can do almost anything those thousands of dollars "I am a he-man" grills can.

Again, I am avoiding gas-products because we have no idea IF or when the gas prices are going to go down, and as of now, all projections show continued increase.

Cuisinart CCG190RB Inch BBQ, 14.5" x 14.5" x 15", Portable Charcoal Grill, 14" (Red)

Weber Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill

KODOM 132LBS Stainless Steel Rotisserie Grill with Back Cover Guard, 25W Motor Small Pig Lamb Rotisserie Roaster, 37 Inch BBQ Charcoal Rotisserie Roaster Grill for Camping Outdoor Kitchen

BOTTOM LINE

I will reiterate that  changing over to become fully "green" or completely dependent on solar or wind energy is not a viable option, because first and foremost, weather has never been reliable nor will it ever be reliable.

With that said, using solar products as backups whether for deliberate rolling blackouts for states that cannot handle full usage during hot months, or harsh weather events that can cause extended electricity outages can make a huge different in your comfort levels, ability to cook and eat, to keep perishables from going bad, and other conveniences.

As preppers know, how you prepare is dependent on your cicumstances, your location and knowing what is best for you and your family, which may not be the exact same type of prepping as another family needs.

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