Grid Outages Are Coming: Don’t Be Left In The Dark
Experts state the clock is ticking on blackouts…
Are You Prepared For Summer Blackouts?
Besides food and water, what do you rely on the most to survive?
It’s power – electricity. A necessity to your everyday life that without it, your day-to-day living existence becomes the ultimate struggle. You rely on it to heat your food, keep your lights on, power your phone, and just about everything that allows you to function in modern day civilization.
And without it, even for a couple hours? We go crazy, as if it’s the end of the world. Time slows down, and we’re left to contemplate how we are to navigate this new terrain that was so suddenly pulled away from us.
Think about it. What would you do if the power went out for a week?
Could you live without your phone?
What would you do without the internet?
Its an unsettling feeling just thinking about losing our creature comforts.
Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there. Now, experts claim that a wide-scale multi-day blackouts are on the horizon.
Do you have a week’s supply of water and non-perishable food?
An Aging Power Grid That Needs Major Upgrades
According to Department of Energy information, the U.S. has more blackouts than any developed world nation. This is due to its aging electric grid.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 report showed that at least 70 percent of its power transformers are more than 25 years old, 60 percent of the circuit breakers are a minimum of 30 years old and 70 percent of the transmission lines were at least 25 years old.
In 2003, a tree branch caused a power line to fall in Ohio, which resulted in more than 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada to suffer from cascading blackouts. If the system was weak, overwhelmed and vulnerable back then and no upgrades have been made since then, imagine what it’s like now.
Weather related blackouts cost the US around $30 billion in lost wages, spoiled inventory and grid repairs EVERY YEAR!
Grid Susceptible To Deadly Wildfires
Six of California’s 10 most destructive fires have occurred in the last two years. They’ve also killed more than 120 people and resulted in a shutdown of major sections of the electrical grid.
After faulty PG&E equipment was determined to have caused the California’s most destructive disaster in history, the state’s utilities now plan to cut power to transmission lines on windy days when wildfire season is in full effect. Disruptions are expected to leave millions of people in the dark and we are not prepared.
Though it stops one problem, it means California residents need to innovate or live with regular blackouts… not just for hours, but days.
Mandated Wildfire Blackouts Could Affect Millions
When San Diego Gas & Electric’s equipment sparked three huge fires in 2007, the utility sought for permission to turn off power in high-risk conditions. Permission was granted! And, in response to the overwhelming 2017 fires, the shut-off requirements were extended to other investor-owned utilities.
Once power has been turned off, the companies must investigate all de-energized lines, and doing this can take days even after weather conditions have gotten better. Local officials, residents, and business owners were upset when both Southern California Edison and PG&E turned off the power, shutting down schools, businesses and stores.
Cyber Threats Could Take Electrical Grid Down For Good
With terrorism running rampant and higher numbers of cyber threats, it’s no longer a question of if the electrical system will be taken down, but when it’s going to happen.
The California Independent System Operator protects the system from millions of attempted hacks each month.
And, the U.S. government is concerned about this. Officials have ordered the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to war-game a total shut down of the U.S. power system during a cyberattack. It’s an exercise they run regularly.
The Department of Homeland Security announced hackers – thought to be Russian – were able to access several U.S. utility control rooms and could have thrown switches, resulting in a loss of power. A loss of air conditioning, heat, ability to buy food, etc. In the report, it said Russian government cyber attackers had targeted many of the U.S.’ critical infrastructure areas – aviation, energy, nuclear and water. It’s also targeted government entities and important manufacturing sectors.
It’s not just the Russians either. North Koreans, Chinese and other terrorist states have been going after the power grid. Even worse, home-grown terrorists are doing it.
And, it’s just a matter of time.
It’s important to make a plan now because it’s no longer if it’ll happen, but when it will.
If a large-scale terrorist attack does occur on the power grid system, everybody will be left to fend for themselves.
How Can You Protect Against Blackouts?
While there are several ways in which to protect yourself from a blackout, none are cleaner or longer lasting than a Solar Energy Storage Battery. The system stores solar energy produced during the day and uses it at night.
When an outage is detected, the Neovalta NV14 energy storage system disconnects automatically from the grid and works independently from a disrupted network. Customers with an NV14 can can power their home while their neighbors are left in the dark.
Set up your no cost appointment to have a energy storage specialist review your needs and let you know if energy storage is right for you. Set appointment now.
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