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Cold winters testing limits of US energy grid
Jose
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01-30-2018 04:45 AM

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“The arctic air that has frozen the northeastern U.S. over the first weeks of 2018 has prompted New Englanders to crank up the heat and New England’s utility companies to scramble for fuel,”

Writes Jordan McGillis.

“This season’s above-average heating and electricity demand has tested grid reliability,” McGillis writes, “(but) ISO New England’s analysis reveals that in winters to come fuel insecurity will plague the region.”

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

Insecurity despite abundance

Though the resources are close at hand, a combination of laws and regulations has made New England dependent upon natural gas, yet unable to access all that it needs.

Pipeline paucity

On Jan. 23, ISO New England CEO Gordon van Welie testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that, “when it gets cold the region does not have sufficient gas infrastructure to meet demand for both home heating and power generation.” …”New England (has) the most expensive spot natural gas prices in the world — including this January.

At the barricade preventing the transport of gas from the abundant reservoirs of Pennsylvania and West Virginia to New England is the state government of New York…. New York politicians have put the brakes on pipeline projects through their permitting power, blocking the Constitution and Northern Access pipelines outright.

The hostility to pipelines is so pervasive in the northeast that ISO New England takes that bleak view that “no new incremental gas infrastructure will be built to serve power generation.”

The Jones Act

With state governments blocking new pipeline construction to bring in affordable shale gas, New England buys liquefied natural gas (LNG) transported by sea….

But domestic shipping of LNG is made impossible by the obtuse Merchant Marine Act of 1920 — commonly called the Jones Act. The Jones Act mandates that only American-built, -owned, -crewed and -flagged vessels can participate in maritime shipping between domestic ports.

The Congressional Research Service has found that the Jones Act results in American vessels operating at twice the cost of comparable foreign ships.

The cold truth

“….despite unprecedented domestic energy production, New Englanders will soon find themselves out in the cold.

Jordan McGillis is a policy analyst at the Institute for Energy Research, a nonprofit focused on free-market energy and environmental research and policy.

See entire article: http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-enviro...nergy-grid

Thanks to Dean Koehler for this link
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Natura Naturans
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01-30-2018 04:59 AM

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RE: Cold winters testing limits of US energy grid
I love how the East coast has had to buy gas FROM RUSSIA! All the time they rail against the EU buying Russian gas AND IT IS SO COLD ON THE EAST COAST THEY HAD TO BUY RUSSIAN GAS!

https://climatechangedispatch.com/lackin...ssian-gas/

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Natura Naturans
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Polar Vortex To Bring ‘Several Rounds Of Arctic Cold’ To Eastern US

The eastern U.S. is forecast to see “several rounds of Arctic cold” through early February, according to meteorologists.

While the western U.S. is forecast to stay warm and dry, the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts at least a 50 percent chance the Northeast and Great Plains will see frigid winter weather starting from Feb. 3 to 7.

https://climatechangedispatch.com/polar-...astern-us/

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Sarah
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01-30-2018 05:07 AM

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Ok, the energy grid here seems to be fine, but the cold winters are definitely testing my limits. The furnace seems to run nonstop. One of my goals for today was to get my angora rabbits sheared. Their fur is getting so long it's out of control. Ten minutes into the first rabbit, because the air is so dry and staticy from the furnace running, I had white rabbit fur mittens on, and all 3 cats looked like bed head bunnies.

I know, minor problem compared to the energy grid going down, but still...
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01-30-2018 05:21 AM

 



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Everyone I know is complaining about having $400 power bills.
Something about chemtrails, polar vortex generation and energy futures.
The wood guy is the one that made money here. I've burnt about 4.5 ricks already.
(He gives me a super good deal though). I've spent $110 on six ricks.
I supported the black market underground economy... tax free.
Screw the energy futures terrorists.
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Pasta Lover
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01-30-2018 05:26 AM

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RE: Cold winters testing limits of US energy grid
LoP Guest  Wrote: (01-30-2018 05:21 AM)
Everyone I know is complaining about having $400 power bills.
Something about chemtrails, polar vortex generation and energy futures.
The wood guy is the one that made money here. I've burnt about 4.5 ricks already.
(He gives me a super good deal though). I've spent $110 on six ricks.
I supported the black market underground economy... tax free.
Screw the energy futures terrorists.

Mine is $650 this month. On the nat gas issue, the US is just plain stupid to use this precious commodity on power generation. It was always earmarked for home heating as a priority. Big mistake.
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RE: Cold winters testing limits of US energy grid
LoP Guest  Wrote: (01-30-2018 05:21 AM)
Everyone I know is complaining about having $400 power bills.
Something about chemtrails, polar vortex generation and energy futures.
The wood guy is the one that made money here. I've burnt about 4.5 ricks already.
(He gives me a super good deal though). I've spent $110 on six ricks.
I supported the black market underground economy... tax free.
Screw the energy futures terrorists.

Oh, and I don't feel bad about it. He's old, disabled (and on disability).
...and just about everyone had frozen, busted pipes... but not me!
I came close once, but quickly dethawed them without any damage.
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Pasta Lover
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01-30-2018 05:28 AM

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Natura Naturans  Wrote: (01-30-2018 04:59 AM)
I love how the East coast has had to buy gas FROM RUSSIA! All the time they rail against the EU buying Russian gas AND IT IS SO COLD ON THE EAST COAST THEY HAD TO BUY RUSSIAN GAS!

https://climatechangedispatch.com/lackin...ssian-gas/

Wow! How ironic is that? Good find.
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Jose
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Wife side were farmers in up state Ohio when winter came they drained the pipes and fled to the south, like Florida. This was 1900's.

Thanks to New York no fuel oil.
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01-30-2018 06:11 AM

 



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HAARP,
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-10F(-23C)north mn right now
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Jose
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01-30-2018 06:31 AM

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Another polar express is coming.
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^In the North it's called:Winter
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Uppity Me
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01-30-2018 06:43 AM

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This winter is no colder than any other year

Quote:Les pauvres n'ont-ils des Euros ?
Alors laissez les pauvres 'sh*t' dans les rues
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