The U.S. electric power system is headed for “potentially catastrophic consequences” as America’s dispatchable power plants are retiring “far too quickly” and in quantities that “threaten our ability to keep the lights on.” That was the chilling conclusion of a hearing last week before the House Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security.
Wake up, America! This is not a fake crisis, but a real one totally manufactured by the radical climate change agenda of the Biden Administration.
We at the Hotline have been sounding this alarm from the first days of the Biden administration. Now, two commissioners of FERC, which oversees the electric grid system, are amplifying that message. It isn’t just California that is facing brownouts and blackouts.
Here’s the problem in a nutshell: according to FERC member Mark Christie: the grid system is expected to lose 40 GW of generation capacity by 2030 through early retirements of generating units…Around 90% of this retiring capacity is from coal and gas. Under the left’s master plan, reliable and cheap generating capacity from gas and coal plants are to be replaced with “intermittent generation from solar and wind.”
This almost ensures intermittent shutdowns of the grid system starting as soon as this Summer.
A second FERC Commissioner, James P. Danly, warned that the Biden administration has allowed a “warped distortion of price signals” in the electric power market because of its single-focused goal of “driving fossil-fuel generators out of business as quickly as possible.”
As a reminder: more than 75% of our power comes from oil, gas, and coal. But don’t worry: we still have wood, matches, and candles.
Fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—accounted for about 79% of total U.S. primary energy production in 2021.
We’ll say it again. As a matter of health and safety: Get a generator that isn’t hooked up to the grid system folks. Seriously.