One Fourth Of Americans At Risk Of Winter Power Blackouts

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27, 2019: Wind turbines generate electricity at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm near Palm Springs, California, with snow-covered Mt. San Jacinto in the background. Located in the windy gap between Southern California's two highest mountains, the facility is one of three major wind farms in California. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The electric grids at most risk of supply shortfalls are in Texas, the central US system stretching from the Great Lakes to Louisiana, New England and the Carolinas, the North American Electric Reliability Council said.
  • “There is a very real possibility that New England could be facing a dire set of consequences this winter,” James Danly, a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said.
  • The warning touches at least a quarter of Americans, who are poised to see already high utility bills soar even more this winter.

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