IAIN MURRAY LOOKS AT AMERICA’S CRUMBLING ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE:
The ERO projects that U.S. demand will increase by 141,000 megawatts (MW) over the next 10 years. Supply, however, will increase by only 57,000 MW, and that assumes that all currently proposed new facilities are approved and built.
The system will be operating below the marginal capacity needed to ensure supply reliability at all times. In other words, in peak periods like heat waves, there wonâ€™t be enough electricity to go around. Blackouts will inevitably result
One key problem is the sheer difficulty in building new power plants in America today. Politically powerful green lobby groups object to the building of any new plant that does not use some form of renewable energy, yet renewable energy cannot meet demand for power on its own.
They also object to nuclear power stations because of their supposed danger, even though modern nuclear plants have an impeccable safety record. And they oppose coal-fired plants because of their alleged contribution to global warming.
It seems to me that nice, clean nuclear plants are just what the doctor ordered, especially if you’re concerned with global warming.