But in many cases, two or three seemingly small failures that occur simultaneously can ripple through a power system – such was the case in Aug. 14, 2003, when 50 million customers lost power in the northeastern United States and Ontario (the largest power outage in North American history). If you haven’t been in a bubble cut off from all forms of media lately, it would be impossible to have missed all of the warnings being issued about the impending loss of our electrical grid. Former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan has co-authored a book about the topic with David Hagberg – his novel Gridlock is a fictional account of a very real threat.
With one well-placed keystroke, Americans could be plunged into darkness and chaos through the damage to our electric grid. The Likelihood of a severe geo-magnetic event capable of crippling our electric grid is 100%.
We could have events in the future where the power grid will go down and it’s not, in any reasonable time, coming back up. The United States, Mexico, and Canada intend to participate in a drill in November that will simulate the takedown of the grid. An electrical grid joint drill simulation is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The disaster drill is being described as a crisis practice unlike anything the real power grid has ever experienced. American utility companies are responsible for running approximately 5,800 power plants and about 450,000 high-voltage transmission lines, controlled by various devices which have been put into place over the past decades. If the power grid fails, a lack of electricity and food delivery are only the first wave of troubles facing the American people. Find as many solutions as possible for the issues you would face if going for weeks (or longer) without power.
A recent article encouraged readers who were new to prepping to start out by getting ready for a two-week power outage. If your power outage takes place in the winter and you live in a colder climate, heat is another necessity.

Should the power grid go down for just a single week, approximately one million Americans will likely die. The United States power grid has more blackouts than any other country in the developed world, according to new data that spotlights the country’s aging and unreliable electric system.
Going back three decades, the United States grid loses power 285 percent more often than it did in 1984, when record keeping began.
Weather-related events were the primary cause of power outages from 2007 to 2012, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers infrastructure report card.
Freezing temperatures across the United States during the winter of 2013-14 placed an extraordinary burden on the power grid – and in some places have served as a reminder of its vulnerabilities. Weather-related issues caused the loss of two big power plants that totaled an approximate 3,700 megawatt power decrease.
During the near-power outage in Texas, the state was forced to import roughly 800 megawatts of power from the nation’s eastern power grid and another 180 megawatts from Mexico.
Massoud Amin said, “Each one of these blackouts costs tens of hundreds of millions, up to billions, of dollars in economic losses per event.  We used to have two to five major weather events per year [that knocked out power], from the ‘50s to the ‘80s. The electrical system in New Jersey also faced severe strain during the winter of 2013.      A regional power grid operator from the state reported that the system, which serves the eastern and southern portions of America, was overloaded and PJM Interconnection asked consumers to conserve electricity.
When Superstorm Sandy rocked the New Jersey coast in 2012, millions of largely unprepared people were without power for weeks.  According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) statistics, there have been 645 hurricanes between the months of September and November since 1851. This entry was posted in Prepping and tagged weather, solar storm, power grid, emp attack, cyber-attack on October 22, 2014 by Tara Dodrill. For instance, if when the power grid went down some of our large transformers were destroyed, damaged beyond use, we don’t make any of those in this country. Whether it is an enemy attack, as in the novel One Second After, a government false flag in order to institute martial law, or a natural act that is the result of a solar flare, a long-term grid collapse will result in an extremely high death toll. A downed power grid would change life as we know it more than virtually any other doomsday scenario ever could; and is far more likely than a plethora of the apocalyptic scenarios contrived by Hollywood producers. The data by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) shows that Americans face more power grid failures lasting at least an hour than residents of other developed nations.

The power outages cost businesses in the United States as much as $150 billion per year, according to the Department of Energy.
Power grid reliability issues are emerging as the greatest threat to the electrical system.
One megawatt of power offers enough energy to supply 200 homes during a peak usage period and 500 during non-peak hours. Severe weather has caused more than 675 blackouts between 2003 and 2012, costing the US approximately $18 billion to $33 billion per year, according to a report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
PJM is a Pennsylvania-based organization which manages the wholesale of power to the region. The power grid is basically a ticking time bomb which will spawn civil unrest, lack of food, clean water, and a multitude of fires if it does go down. The grid is often called America’s glass jaw because of the nation’s reliability on it and also due to its many weaknesses, such as its vulnerability to a domino effect because it is interconnected. In the South, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued an Energy Emergency Alert 2 on Monday as the state’s main power grid barely avoided overwhelming outages.
There are about 5,800 power plants and 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines in the US, many of them decades old and a large portion of them connected to one another. The level two alert is the final step in the process before rotating power outages are implemented.
According to PJM, the polar vortex weather front caused natural gas and other types of power plants to unexpectedly shut down. This failure of imagination with respect to electric grid security is all the more inexplicable, however, when we consider that threats to the grid are far from theoretical.

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