Minnesota's Electric Grid At High Risk Of Blackouts In Near Future

May 08, 2024

  The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the international regulatory authority with the mission to ensure the reliability of the electric grid, released the latest version of its Long-Term Reliability Assessment.
The report warns that a growing number of areas in North America face the risk of power outages, and the regional electric grid to which Minnesota belongs, the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO), is one of the area’s most at risk of rolling blackouts in the years to come, which you can see in the map below.
MISO regions are most at risk of rolling blackouts in the coming years. These regions are designated as “High Risk” because there will not be enough reliable power plants to meet electricity demand in the future due to rising electricity consumptions and nuclear, coal, and natural gas power plant retirements.

  MISO’s missing megawatts
According to NERC, the MISO region will see far more reliable power plant retirements, meaning coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear plants, over the next ten years than any other region.
This means that MISO will be burning the reliability candle at both ends by attempting to meet growing electricity demand while simultaneously shutting down reliable power plants. This is California-style energy policy.

Read More: 2024Spring.pdf

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