Experts have been warning for months that there could be major issues delivering enough power to customers along the country’s Eastern corridor this winter if unseasonably cold temperatures hit, and those experts have now been vindicated.
According to reports on Christmas Eve day, the powerful winter storm that saw temps plunge to record lows throughout the middle of the country, reaching down into Florida and threatening the state’s orange crop, began battering the East Coast with snow and subzero temperatures by Saturday morning. As the storm worsened, a regional grid serving 65 million customers in 13 states, as well as the District of Columbia, declared an emergency after a million people lost power. The outage also disrupted air travel, and highway accidents were spiking as well, Zero Hedge noted.
Meanwhile, PJM spokeswoman Susan Buehler told the outlet that Stage 2 emergency would “certainly be enough” to avert rolling blackouts across the regional grid since the current Arctic blast of air is just temporary. But there are no guarantees.
As of Saturday morning, around 60 percent of the country — some 200 million Americans — were experiencing the severe winter weather and are under various alerts, Bloomberg News reported.