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FERC and NERC Investigate Abnormally Cold January Temperatures

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) launched a joint inquiry this week to determine causes and contributing factors of extreme cold weather that hit the Midwest and South Central United States in January.

Last winter there were multiple public appeals issued for consumers to reduce their electricity use as states faced abnormally low temperatures and higher demand on the grid.

Outages spread during the peak of operations, resulting in many residents being unable to heat their homes.

“This inquiry is timely as it will allow us to identify and share any potential lessons learned as we approach the coming winter season,” NERC President and CEO Jim Robb said.

With all indications pointing to a “teeth-chattering” winter of 2018/19, it is imperative energy companies do what they can to prepare.

Solar output is dropping off a cliff and global average temperatures are falling with it — almost 0.7C over the last 2.5 years.

And with temps expected to drop as much as 2C below baseline over the coming years — as we descend into the next Grand Solar Minimum — folks and establishments should be doing everything they can to prepare.


The Science

During solar minimum, the sun’s magnetic field weakens and the outward pressure of the solar wind decreases.

This allows more Cosmic Rays from deep space to penetrate earth’s atmosphere.

The work of H. Svensmark, M.B. Enghoff, N. Shaviv and J. Svensmark attributes Cosmic Rays to cloud nucleation here on earth.

“Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling,” Dr. Roy Spencer.

For a more detailed explanation, click here — The Increasing Galactic Cosmic Ray Situation


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