“Study” Says NY Plagued By Blackouts From Global Boiling Or Something

It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with New York killing off reliable, dependable, affordable energy sources and replacing them with unreliable and expensive energy sources which are dependent on the sun shining and the wind blowing, right? Replacing energy sources which can take weather and can be repaired quickly, can take over loads, with energy that can be knocked offline easily, is hard to fix, and is hurt by weather events, righ?

New York cities plagued by blackouts due to climate change, study finds

stop global warmingClimate change is pushing some New York City neighborhoods into dozens of nearly daylong blackouts per year, a new study has found.

Large swaths of the state’s principal towns and cities faced repeated, protracted and dangerous weather-driven power outages between 2017 and 2020, according to findings published Wednesday in the Public Library of Science.

The risk to the grid is rising as more frequent extreme weather knocks down power lines, damages transformers and threatens the stability of the grid, said first author Nina Flores, a doctoral student at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Researchers found that several neighborhoods in Queens had more than 100 outages over the three-year period: 147 in Jamaica, 138 in Flushing and 104 in Richmond Hills.

Other cities had dozens of outages: 48 in Lewisboro, near the Connecticut state line; 42 in Flower Hill, on Long Island; 38 in Boston, south of Buffalo. Small towns in counties like Nassau, Hamilton and Westchester had 20-30 outages.

So, mostly urban areas which already have transmission issues and are now more and more reliant on solar and wind.

Flooding and extreme levels of rain, hail or snow were the primary causes of outages, researchers found.

The scientists also noted that these outages are more than an inconvenience. If they coincide with heat waves or cold snaps, these outages can harm or kill residents — and at all times, they endanger the lives of people dependent on elevators or electric medical devices.

Would you be surprised that a high percentage of these outages are from winter weather? Who would have thought that snow and ice, along with the associated clouds, would cause problems with solar and wind? Don’t forget that wind turbines are meant to operate with wind speeds of 5mph to 30mph. More can damage the turbines. Snow and ice can likewise affect performance. Solar cannot gather light when it is cloudy, when rain is hitting them, or covered in snow or ice.

And it’s not a barely rising sea or storms which are not getting more extreme and more often, it’s having more power usage in those areas.

Save $10 on purchases of $49.99 & up on our Fruit Bouquets at 1800flowers.com. Promo Code: FRUIT49
If you liked my post, feel free to subscribe to my rss feeds.

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed

19 Responses to ““Study” Says NY Plagued By Blackouts From Global Boiling Or Something”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    If “William” Teach had bothered to read the actual study report he might “understand” the effects of extreme weather events on the “grid”.

    Whiners gotta whine.

    We found that across NYS, 39.9% of all outages co-occurred with severe weather. However, certain regions, including eastern Queens, upper Manhattan and the Bronx of NYC, the Hudson Valley, and Adirondack regions were more burdened with severe weather-driven outages. Using targeted maximum likelihood estimation, we found that the frequency of heat-, precipitation-, and wind-driven outages disproportionately impacted vulnerable communities in NYC. When comparing durations of outages, we found that in rural regions, precipitation- and snow-driven outages lasted the longest in vulnerable communities. Under a shifting climate, anticipated increases in power outages will differentially burden communities due to regional heterogeneity in severe weather event severity, grid preparedness, and population socioeconomic profiles/vulnerabilities.

    William “Teach” lets fly at his “preordained” target – renewable energy – while the study “itself” looked at the electrical grid. Heat waves increase “electrical” consumption leading to grid breakdowns “and” failures. Tropical storms destroy power lines, transformers and flood power plants. Thunderstorms blow trees onto exposed power lines. Every time a line of sever storms passes through Missouri, power outages for hours and sometimes days, occur.

    In Texas, Winter Storm Uri in 2021 froze natural gas wells, power plants, and gathering lines, leaving millions of customers without power for days to weeks.

    If there was just some way to “harden” our electrical grid against wind, floods, heat waves and blizzards?

    • drowningpuppies says:

      We found that across NYS, 39.9% of all outages co-occurred with severe weather.

      Omigod! Who knew???

      Every time a line of sever storms passes through Missouri, power outages for hours and sometimes days, occur.

      Omigod! It’s like it’s never occurred before!!!

      If there was just some way to “harden” our electrical grid against wind, floods, heat waves and blizzards?

      Omigod! Jeez, if we could only control the weather!!!
      Thanks Karen(aka Rimjob).

      Bwaha! Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

    • L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

      If there was just some way to “harden” our electrical grid against wind, floods, heat waves and blizzards?

      Then perhaps hardening the electrical grid should be where the concentration of effort should be rather than changing the global weather which is currently impossible.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Well, yes! As I’ve stated many times, we’ll be required to adjust to global warming. Small towns along the Mississippi here are building flood walls and utilities would be wise to bury lines where feasible. Burying power lines costs a few million per mile. We’ll adjust but it’s not cheap.

        Our local electric company can (and do!) trim your trees that threaten power lines.

        Reducing atmospheric CO2 is a long term endeavor.

    • James Lewis says:

      Chicken Little Man

      Using targeted maximum likelihood estimation, we found

      Say what???

      likelihood estimation

      adjective: such as well might happen or be true; probable.

      Let me clarify.

      Maybe it will or maybe it won’t.

      estimation: a judgment of the worth or character of someone or something.

    • James Lewis says:

      Chicken Little Man

      If there was just some way to “harden” our electrical grid against wind, floods, heat waves and blizzards?

      Really??? Are you that stupid?

      Well, we could bury local transmission cables. We could build more dams for flood control and electrify generation. We could stop building windmills that kill birds, fail in cold weather and must be replaced in around 20 years. We could offer serious tax rebates for serous home insulation and reduced pricing on LED’s. And we could go nuclear in a big way.

      All pretty simple, eh?

  2. Dana says:

    Electricity, cable television, and land-line telephones are our most vulnerable to the weather utilities, and always have been, because they are delivered via lines on telephone poles. They can be taken down by heavy, wet snow loads, ice storms, vehicles hitting and knocking down poles, all sorts of things. Most of us have abandoned land-lines for their telephone service now, so that’s less of a problem.

    That has to be a consideration as Our Betters want to push, or even force, us into all-electric heat, water heating, and cooking in our homes. They are attempting to put even more demands on electricity generation and the delivery grid, and that means more people will suffer potentially life-threatening situations when the sparktricity fails.

    I’ve told you guys before how we were out of power for 4½ days, in our then all-electric home, but that was in March of 2018, and the weather wasn’t that cold. In the upper 20s at night, into the upper 30s and even mid 40s during the day. It doesn’t take much imagination to realize that things could have been very different if it had been a severe winter storm, with roads blocked and daily highs in the teens and nights around zero. Yet that’s exactly what the liberal northeast wants to force.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Around here, almost all power outages result from spring and summer storms with tree limbs bringing down power lines. The rare but devastating ice storms in winter do the same thing. Obviously, underground power lines are less vulnerable.

  3. Jl says:

    “Extreme weather events on the grid..”
    Except there’s no more extreme weather events than before. Let’s “fix” the problem of these alleged weather events by relying more and more on a solution that…relies more on the weather!

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Do you really DENY that extreme weather events knock out electric power??

      Where do you live?

      • drowningpuppies says:

        Right over your head, hey Karen (aka Rimjob)?
        Can’t recognize actual sarcasm if it hit you over the head.

        Bwaha! Lolgfy https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Natural gas, hydropower, and nuclear energy have consistently generated more than 90% of New York’s electricity during the past decade. Renewable resources, including solar energy, from both utility-scale (1 megawatt and larger) and small-scale (less than 1 megawatt) installations, as well as wind and biomass, provided almost all the rest of New York State’s electricity net generation in 2022.

      So “Mr” Teach is either intentionally or inadvertently incorrect in blaming renewable solar and/or wind energy for power outages in New York.

    • Jl says:

      I said no more extreme weather than before. That’s true.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:


        Even if there is no INCREASE in events, isn’t it bad enough now to require fixing??

Pirate's Cove