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Warning-Geomagnetic Storm Category G5 Predicted Sunday 5-12-24

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a Geomagnetic Storm Category G4 or Greater Prediction In this Solar Maximum 11-year cycle, Geomagnetic Solar Storms effect on the planet and near-earth space could be severe and on Sunday 5-12-24. We have the potential for one of the most powerful solar system events known to man, which is a G5 Geomagnetic Storm, and could greatly affect our power grids and electronics. Affected components could be spacecraft, power grids, navigation systems, and radio systems. Space Weather Message Code: WATA99Serial Number: 7Issue Time: 2024 May 11 1753 UTC THIS NOAA SPWC WARNING SUPERSEDES ANY/ALL PRIOR WATCHES IN EFFECT Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 45 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude.Induced Currents – Possible widespread voltage control problems and some protective systems may mistakenly trip out key assets from the power grid. Induced pipeline currents intensify.Spacecraft – Systems may experience surface charging; increased drag on low earth orbit satellites, and tracking and orientation problems may occur.Navigation – Satellite navigation (GPS) degraded or inoperable for hours.Radio – HF (high frequency) radio propagation sporadic or blacked out.Aurora – Aurora may be seen as low as Alabama and northern California. NOAA Space Weather Scale

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A color photo of a young white woman sitting at a table in front a book case in her house in a winter coat and beanie and holding her hand over a half melted candle to try to stay warm without heat in a dangerous power outage for the Book Summary: Prepare Your Home for A Sudden Grid-Down Situation.

Book Summary: Prepare Your Home for A Sudden Grid-Down Situation

When you walk into a library, you will mostly encounter hundreds of books that could be addressing a single subject. In such situations, choosing the most suitable book, especially one that can provide reliable information on emergency preparedness for a sudden power grid-down situation, becomes a challenge.  Our book summary highlights how Prepare Your Home for a Sudden Grid-Down Situation, offers readers important, dependable guidance on preparing for power grid down emergencies. This book equips modern families with essential knowledge to prepare for any potential disaster presented in a warm and accessible manner. For those looking to enhance their self-reliance, learning from Ted Riley’s proven methods and strategies is a solid step toward effectively handling a grid-down crisis. Like it says in the book: “You can stockpile all the rice you like… but do you know how you’re going to cook it if you’re without power for months on end?” Author Ted Riley – Prepare Your Home for a Sudden Grid-Down Situation When Disaster Strikes, the Time to Prepare Has Passed! Recommended Reading: Best Emergency Preparedness Books and Videos and Book Summary Of The ACEP First Aid Manual 5th Edition: The Step-by-Step Guide for Everyone. The quality of information an

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Power Grid Failures and Their Causes

Power grid failures have become a prevalent concern for Americans, disrupting daily routines and leading to substantial financial losses. These outages damage electronics, halt business operations, and result in extensive food spoilage. But what are the primary causes behind these frequent disruptions? Power grid failures and their causes primarily stem from extreme weather-related events, accounting for 70% of U.S. outages. Electrical system, human susceptibility, and the growing reliance on computer-supported systems amplifies vulnerabilities, not only to terrorist and cyber-attacks, but extreme natural events like solar storms also pose major threats.  The rest of this article delves into the historical power outages that have impacted the United States, shedding light on their causes and consequences. From the Northeast’s blackouts in 1965 and 2003 to Texas’s 2021 grid failure, join us as we unravel the lessons learned and underscore the importance of emergency preparedness for every American.  Major Power Grid Failures in North American History and Their Causes  Recommended Reading: What Happens if the American Power Grid Goes Down? and Potential Outcomes if the American Power Grid Goes Down. 1. August 14 and 15, 2003 Northeastern U.S. and Southern Canada Power Blackout 50 million people lost power on August 14 and 15,

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Power Grid’s Constrained Capacity May Slow EV Adoption

As the push for EV adoption gains momentum, there is a growing concern that electrical power grids in many regions may not keep up with the increased demand for electricity. There is still a need to upgrade power grids to meet the demands of the new public and private EV charging ports in homes and offices. Solutions to overcome the power grid’s constrained capacity for (EV) Electric Vehicles adoption include upgrading the existing infrastructure, investing in smart grid technology, and encouraging off-peak charging. Governments are incentivizing utility companies to use renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, to power EVs. In this article, we will explore the factors contributing to the constrained capacity of power grids and the implications it has for the future of EV adoption. Negative Impact of (EV’s) Electric Vehicles on the U.S. Power Grid One of the negative impacts of integrating electric vehicles into the U.S. power grid is the potential for voltage instability.  This can be influenced by factors such as: The following can also lead to an increase in load demand:  These factors can reduce the grid’s stability, posing challenges to grid operators in managing the electricity supply and demand balance. The Potential

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Generating Renewable Energy Close To The Point Of Use With Distributed Generation

The U.S. power grid system suffers from several problems, from outdated equipment to challenges posed by extreme weather. But generating renewable energy close to the point of use with distributed generation helps solve several of these issues. Generating renewable energy close to the point of use with distributed generation can help the U.S. power grid cope with increased energy demands, meet environmental policy goals, and reduce the infrastructure needed to reach consumers. Distributed generation refers to producing electricity at or near where it is used. In this article, we will explore the importance of generating renewable energy close to the point of use with distributed generation. We will also discuss the challenges of this undertaking and the ways utility companies can increase their ability to provide renewable energy directly to consumers. Why It’s Important To Generate Renewable Energy Close To The Point of Use With Distributed Generation Renewable and sustainable energy are similar, but not exactly the same things. They are both energy sources that don’t require limited or finite fuel sources for the U.S. and world’s electrical power supplies. Solar, hydrothermal, and wind power are all examples of these energy sources. Distributed generation refers to generating electricity at or

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How Much Time Do We Have Before a G5 Geomagnetic Storm Hits After a Solar CME?

Throughout the last century, and history, natural hazards have wrought catastrophic consequences worldwide. While geomagnetic storms are a less common natural hazard, a single event can cause immense global damage. As such, it’s crucial to be adequately prepared for these space weather events. How much time do we have before a G5 Geomagnetic storm hits after a Solar CME? The time between a Solar CME and a G5 geomagnetic storm ranges from 12 to 36 hours. The 1859 Carrington event took about 17.7 hours to hit the earth. In 1972, a solar storm took 14.6 hours to hit earth and eventually blew up 4,000 Destructor Water Mines during the Vietnam War. To understand how much notice we have before a G5 geomagnetic storm hits the earth after a CME, we must first look at the origin of these storms and a few recent Geomagnetic storms event effects. What Are CMEs? According to Live Science, geomagnetic storms originate from the sun. The sun is a formidable nuclear powerhouse, supplying us with light, heat, and energy. Due to its distance and extreme heat, this dynamic ball of fire remains a system we’re still learning to understand.  Yet, advancements in heliophysics, the study

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Power Rationing When Everybody Has Electric Cars

The number of electric cars on the road is steadily rising as many riders work towards a sustainable, environmentally friendly future. Some suspect the U.S. power grid may fail if millions more drive Electric Vehicles. Does the country need to expect power rationing when everybody has electric cars? Power rationing when everybody has electric cars is likely in the future. Between adding millions of electric cars and extreme weather to the aging U.S. power grids, it is almost certain. The only thing that could change that outlook is a massive nationwide U.S. power grid upgrade, which is also unlikely. Everyone will eventually have electric cars as the federal government will ban sales of gasoline vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2035. Read on to find out more about power rationing and electric vehicle use.  Will Power Rationing Be Inevitable With Electric Cars? With the current state of the U.S. power grid, power rationing will be inevitable because of an aging power infrastructure. With 1.3 million electric cars on the road in 2021, the amount of electricity consumption by the average electric vehicle was 3,010 kilowatt hours per year. At this rate, the USA’s current power grid will need to be

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What Happens When You Cannot Charge Your Electric Vehicle?

Electric vehicles are relatively environmentally friendly, but it’s also becoming convenient as you can charge your car using a regular power outlet at home or your office. The number of charging stations across the country is growing. However, sometimes you may not encounter a charging station for miles; what happens if your car runs out of charge? What happens when you cannot charge your electric vehicle, your battery is low, and you are not near a charging station? Your electric car will stop moving. If your EV’s energy is low, monitor your battery power gauge so you can drive to a charging station or at least get it out of the way. If your vehicle runs out of battery, call a tow truck. In this article, we will explain how electric cars can run out of battery charge and what to do if you find yourself in that situation. We will give you some helpful tips on how to avoid running out of charge, so read on to learn more! Do Electric Cars Run Out of Charge? Electric cars can run out of charge if you don’t monitor the power, but in most instances, you are unlikely to run out

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Vector image of a the word BLACKOUT in caps and bold on a black background in front of a large high-rise city total blackout power failure. in the foreground is a white electric 2 pronged plug and cord with adjacent white extension cord 2 prong female socket with plug. A white electric plug disconnect unplugged with sparks, error connection.

Long-Term Power Blackout Coming Soon

There is an ever-increasing load being put on the United States Power Grid. From extreme weather events to millions of new electric vehicles and charging stations, adding to the electricity draw each year. With approximately 59 billions electronic devices powered by electricity and relied on in the U.S., it’s understandable that many people would worry about long-term power blackouts. We know a long-term power blackout is coming soon somewhere. The U.S. would last up to a year during a total power grid collapse before most of the population died. Most food, water, sewer, sanitation, hospitals, medicines, and other products that require electricity are lost within 30 days. Throughout this article, we talk about the issues that cause long-term power blackouts (black sky events.) We give links to articles that will show you how to persevere through, how likely it will be to happen, and what we can do to help at the end of the article. How Vulnerable Is the U.S. Power Grid to Blackouts? Because of age, susceptibility, and antiquated parts, the U.S. power grid is extremely vulnerable in its current state and has a far-reaching effect on the entire North American power grid for Canada and Mexico as

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Why Is California Reducing Solar Compensation for Homeowners?

California is known for its sunny climate and strong commitment to renewable energy. Therefore, it may be a surprise to hear that the state is reducing solar compensation for homeowners. Why is California making this change?  California is reducing solar compensation for homeowners to create the perception of a equitable energy system. The decreased financial benefits policy will significantly decrease solar energy adoption rates in California, just when the state is transitioning to clean energy. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind the reduction in solar compensation and the potential consequences for homeowners and the renewable energy industry as a whole. How the Reduced Compensation Will Affect Homeowners On December 15, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 which reduces solar compensation for homeowners. For existing NEM customers and customers with NEM 2.0 agreements through April 14, 2023, NEM 3.0 has no impact. The reduced compensation for solar energy in California affects homeowners in the following ways: Decreased Financial Benefits Net metering is a system that allows homeowners to reduce their electricity bills. It allows excess solar power generated by the home to be fed into the grid. This excess power is

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Why The U.S. Power Grid Isn't Ready For Electric Cars

Why The U.S. Power Grid Isn’t Ready For Electric Cars

Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming the more popular alternative to standard combustion-engine cars and trucks. In fact, by 2030, more than half of all cars sold worldwide are likely to be electric. But is the U.S. power grid ready for this change? The U.S. power grid isn’t ready for electric cars, because upgrades and improvements to the power grid system are slow and costly, and they’re not increasing at the same rate as EV ownership. Increased reliance on alternative sources of electricity could be the grid’s only hope. Belief in climate change is directly connected to electric vehicle adoption. This article will explore the challenges electric vehicles pose to the U.S. power grid system and discuss why the grid might be unprepared for the switch from combustion to electric. Why the U.S. Power Grid Is Unprepared for Electric Vehicles Although the U.S. power grid seems to handle the increase in EV usage fairly well, so far, there are major concerns about the future of the grid’s energy output. For example, by 2030, it’s estimated that about 50% of all car sales will be for electric vehicles.  Considering how many new cars are sold in the U.S. each year, roughly

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Infrastructure And Time Required For EV Charging.

Infrastructure And Time Required For EV Charging

With the growing need to reduce carbon emissions and embrace green energy, electric vehicles have become increasingly popular. However, two key challenges continue to hinder their widespread adoption: the infrastructure for Electric-Vehicle (EV) charging and the time required for the charging process. There is a need for increased investment in Electric Vehicle infrastructure. EV charging duration is still a challenge compared to the five-minute refueling of fossil fuel vehicles. Increased battery capacity is helping, but faster charging is more expensive, and the most accessible home-based charging is slow. This article will explore the infrastructure and time required for EV charging and discuss ways to overcome these challenges. What Infrastructure Means in EV Charging The infrastructure for electric vehicle (EV) charging is a critical component that poses several challenges.  The availability and accessibility of charging stations are critical aspects of the EV infrastructure. Currently, the number of charging stations is limited, posing a challenge for EV owners.  Although private charging stations are available, the scarcity of public charging stations is noticeable, and their distribution is unevenly spread across different locations.  As the number of EV owners increases, the demand for public charging stations will rise, causing the installation of more charging

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Will I Lose Water if I Lose Power?

Will I Lose Water if I Lose Power?

If you’ve experienced a power outage in your home, you know it can be frustrating, especially if it lasts more than a few hours or days. Power outages disrupt a lot around the house, from entertainment to necessities. But will you lose water if you lose power? You can definitely lose water if you lose power because the two are intricately tied together in all cities. If you rely on electric pumps to get water from city reservoirs or public utilities into your home, you’ll likely lose water as the pumps can’t work without electricity. In this article, we will explore how a power outage could affect the water flow in your home. We will also discuss preparing for a power outage and keeping your water safe during this period. Keep reading to learn more! Do Power Outages Affect Your Homes Water Supply? Yes, power outages can affect the water supply depending on the length of time the power is out. Some pumps that move the water from the water sources to your home require electricity. An interruption in electricity flow from the power grid can lead to disruptions in the water supply. Any disruption in the supply of electrical

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U.S. Vulnerability With an All-Electric Vehicle Economy

U.S. Vulnerability With an All-Electric Vehicle Economy

Transportation is going electric, and many are excited about it. Although electric vehicles offer many advantages, they also present several challenges. The transition to electric vehicles may be a double-edged sword for the U.S. economy. Increased risks of cyberattacks and severe weather could characterize the U.S. vulnerability with an all-electric vehicle economy on the charging infrastructure, drivers, and utilities. If the U.S. power grid shuts down for any length of time, all electric vehicles would come to a standstill. Electric vehicles (EVs) are part of the future. However, what isn’t yet clear to some is the economic consequence of America going all-electric on the roads. Read on to discover why electric cars everywhere may not be entirely rewarding for the economy and what we need to do to prevent these problems. What Is the Problem With Electric Vehicles? Despite their many benefits, Electric Vehicles pose some risks to the U.S. economy. The problems with EVs are linked to how they work and the models that manufacturers could choose to build. Let’s see how things could go wrong if every American driver got an electric vehicle: U.S. Power Grid Problems Could Shut Down Electric Vehicles The U.S. Power Grid is the

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How Vulnerable Is the U.S. Power Grid

How Vulnerable Is the U.S. Power Grid?

Considering how much we rely on electric power, it can be scary to think about losing access to it. From charging our phones to quickly cooking food, we count on the power grid to keep our lives running as we know them. But this leaves many people wondering how vulnerable the U.S. power grid may be.  The U.S. power grid is quite vulnerable to cyber attacks, physical attacks on substations, and natural disasters. Not only are cyber-attacks a significant risk for the U.S. power grid, but overload and aging technology can significantly affect its future sustainability. Let’s talk more about this vulnerability and how we can seek to improve it in the future.  Potential Dangers to the U.S. Power Grid The U.S. power grid consists of three major parts. One covers eastern states, one covers western, and finally, Texas has its own power grid. That only tells part of the story, as the North American power grid is much more complex than that. Not only does the North American power grid extend north through Canada and to Alaska, but it also goes South into Mexico, with more work South of the border planned for the future. Authority over electricity generation

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The U.S. Power Grid Is the Problem With the Future of Electric Vehicles

U.S. Power Grid Is The Problem With The Future Of Electric Vehicles

As we see in the news, the U.S. Power Grid is under duress and constantly having problems. From the 2022 California rolling blackouts caused by drought and heat, outages from Hurricane Ian, to the Texas power grid blackouts of February 2021. Is the U.S. power grid ready to support the Electric Vehicle future? The U.S. power grid is the problem with the future of electric vehicles because of its constrained capacity, frequent failures, and struggle to include renewable energy. Massive investment, expanding the power infrastructure, and adjusting EV charging schedules may help address these challenges. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a zero-emission vehicle; currently, electric vehicles require as many resources as gasoline-powered vehicles to manufacture and maintain over the vehicle’s entire life.  The shift to electric cars from gas-powered types is seen as a solution to climate change. While drivers may be willing to make the transition, we will explain why the current U.S. power grid is a significant obstacle. Why the U.S. Power Grid Isn’t Ready for Electric Vehicles The U.S. power grid is the system that makes electricity available at your home or business. It includes power plants, transmission lines, substations, and distribution lines that deliver

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Do We Have the Energy To Run Future Technologies?

Do We Have the Energy To Run Future Technologies?

From the earliest days when a fire was used for warmth and light to the development of electricity to power our technology, we’ve increasingly relied on energy sources for our everyday needs. An important question emerges in lieu of these developments: Can we power future technologies in ways that simultaneously conserve our planet? We are creating and perfecting renewable energy to run future technologies. Oil and fossil fuels are necessary for at minimum 20 to 30 more years, but they are unsustainable. Future technologies will be most efficiently run using renewable clean energy sources that don’t pollute the environment. In this article, we will investigate what energy use will look like in the face of future technologies and how it can benefit you and future generations. We’ll also explore why a shift from nonrenewable energy sources is inevitable and critical for the longevity of our shared home, planet earth. What Energy Will Future Technologies Use? Our great-grandparents would be astounded by the technologies interwoven with our lives today. Cellphones, air conditioning systems, televisions, gas, and electric vehicles, artificial intelligence, and all the devices we enjoy today would sound like pipedreams to them. These developments in technology have corresponded with a

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Should You Be Worried About Weather-Caused Power Grid Outages?

Should You Be Worried About Weather-Caused Power Grid Outages?

If you have been paying attention lately, worldwide power grids are having more outages. Many of the outages have been caused by extreme weather. Should you be worried about weather-caused power grid outages? Recently, power grid outages were caused by an extreme weather-related event, a Category 4 Hurricane, Ian, with wind speeds up to 150 miles per hour. Between the U.S. and Cuba, there were approximately 14.4 million people without power because of Ian. Weather-caused power grid outages have doubled over the past two decades across the U.S. If you are interested in discovering why there are more power grid outages, the danger of a national grid power outage, and the extreme weather causing them, please read on. How Does Weather Affect Power Grids? Category 5 Hurricanes are rare, and only five have hit the United States in its history. 11.4 million people lost power from Category 4 Hurricane Ian that hit Cuba and the U.S. between September 27 and 30, 2022.  Nearly 310,000 homes and businesses did not have power in Florida the following Wednesday, a week after Hurricane Ian decimated large parts of the state and the power grid. In areas like Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel in

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What Happens if the American Power Grid Goes Down?

What Happens if the American Power Grid Goes Down?

If the American Power Grid went down, it would impact practically every sector of society. It’s not just your lights going out with no way to charge your phone. Industries like healthcare, banking, and transportation would grind to a sudden halt. If the American Power Grid went down, the country could expect to experience economic losses, national security risks, threats to the healthcare system, as well as personal devastation. The chaos in these areas could range from minor inconveniences to grave losses of life.  In the rest of this article, we will take a look at what some of the experts speculate would happen if the American Power Grid went down. We will also see some of the reasons why something so drastic is being considered possible by many people worldwide.  Potential Outcomes if the American Power Grid Goes Down Weather from unprecedented cold fronts to heatwaves affects our United States Power grids. Experts have speculated on a wide range of potential outcomes if the U.S. Power Grid suffered a cyber-attack or an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) and went down. From economic losses to threats to the healthcare system, practically every part of modern life would be touched by even a

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