Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Look out for blackouts this summer


Southwest CT is apparently one of the top three most likely regions in North America to face blackouts this summer.
The flow there is so constrained that it is the only area in the country where, in essence, there is not enough energy if consumers crank up air conditioning and other appliances at the potential summer peak.
This is not good news but hardly surprising. But don't start getting soft on new plant regulations just yet. The problem is not lack of generation capacity -- it's bottlenecks in the transmission system. We have enough power, we just can't always get it where it needs to be.

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