If it gets hot enough for long enough, Texas and Southern California may not have the electricity to avoid outages this summer, the overseers of the nation’s power grid warned in a forecast today.
Most parts of the country should make it through the summer without a problem, says the annual report by the North American Electric Reliability Corp., a quasi-public body that supervises the regional authorities that run the U.S. electric grid.
Electricity use is still being suppressed by the slowly recovering economy, and many areas have more than enough to deal with the spikes in demand that occur on hot days, when people clamor for the comfort of air conditioning.
“… people clamor for the comfort of air conditioning“? Actually that’s a necessary health aid for the young, aged, infirm…