Last winter, many areas of Texas were subject to "rolling blackouts" of electric service due to the abnormally cold weather conditions as well as outages due to ice storms and power line damage. We dodged the bullet at Castle Paladin and didn't lose power, but many neighborhoods were without heat for hours, days, and weeks at a time.
Of course, this time of year I could do without a little of the "heat". Spending an hour trying to coax a feral kitten out of a hot car engine compartment in 104 degree heat is no fun - at all.
But, I digress....
I have already decided to purchase a portable fuel powered heater in preparation for this coming winter, and I encourage you to do the same after hearing the news this week:
Because of a new requirements from the EPA, due to take effect January 1:
The company says the industry's standard time frame for installing emission controls is several years, but the rule requires compliance in six months. So Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, has said it may have to shut down some coal-fired power plants in East Texas.
"Curtailing plant and/or mine operations will be the only option" if the 1,323-page rule goes into effect as planned, Luminant said.
The Electric Company spokesperson went on to say that she had a high degree of confidence that "Curtailing Plant Operations" would mean rolling blackouts across the state during the coldest part of the year.
And while we are looking forward to possible risks, just think about what might happen next summer. The Texas heat is responsible for more deaths each year than any other weather related cause (floods, tornados, etc.). We skirted the edge of blackouts this year, and continue to do so because of the heat wave. We use virtually every kilowatt of electricity we are producing now with very little margin for error.
Just imagine the predicament next summer with even fewer power plants supplying that electricity. The hammer fisted Green Agenda of the EPA will be responsible for a whole lot of dead people.....