allstaractivist note: In honor of the fifth anniversary of the late CPUC Ratepayer Advocate Mrs. Jacqueline Greig, her thirteen year old daughter Janessa (both “targets” of the 2010 PG&E San Bruno gas pipeline explosion) and their mortal sacrifice, I feel that I must devote some copy to our vulnerable power grid situation. What good would a spiffy new Thorium reactor be (previous post here) if you can’t deliver the electricity it produces? I am confident that Mrs. Greig would both approve of and agree, may she rest in peace.
The three scariest things that I currently know of concerning the numerous vulnerabilities of our power grid is that one, it can be destroyed by a NEMP (Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse) and two, all our transformers are made by China and we have no spares when ours go down. They even have a microwave weapon called CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project) à la a Tom Clancy novel. It can take over two years to build one costing millions of dollars, JUST ONE of them. It is estimated that our grid currently depends upon 3,500 LPT’s (Large Power Transformers). Transformers are integral to transmitting electricity as they regulate the voltage of current between two points (electric force or pressure) along electrical distribution lines (wires). Were it not for them, electricity could not be safely delivered. Actually, all of these things involve both Russia and China. I mean come on, how stupid is it to only have a %15 manufacture capability, no extra units and then pick a fight with them? China, our only large scale manufacturer? Absolutely incredible.
The Electricity Subsector has long embraced resilience as part of the continuity of operations planning, risk management,and systems reliability. These practices have been so well established in the operation of the electric grid that utility owners and operators often do not think of their practices as “resilience.”8 Although reliability and redundancy are built into the system, the electricity industry identified that the limited domestic manufacturing capacity of high-voltage power transformers could present a potential supply concern in the event that many LPTs failed simultaneously.
Dept. of Energy Large Transformer Study 2012.pdf page 9
People, we have got to take our government back because they are leading us straight down the crapper. To be fair, transformers aren’t very sexy as far as politicians are concerned but when you look at this video and then read all of the facts that the governor’s themselves have laid out, this should have been a top priority years ago. It really seems that we have waited too long, been provoking the Dragon plus the Bear and might soon be at actual war with them. I must offer one resolute caveat however, to the Governor’s guide below. I hate “smart” anything and especially smart meters. The grid itself may be OK to be smart, so long as it is on an intra-net and not the Inter-net. “Smart” meters for the consumer though, are definitely a no go and are one of the main components of the United Nations “Control Grid” Agenda 21. Take the “smart” things out of and off our homes and leave them at the power plants where they belong. Hasn’t anyone ever seen the 2004 Syfy channel original series “Battlestar Galactica“? Don’t network nothin that’s “smart”, dummy!
This is scary, scary stuff people, on top of all the rest of the scary, scary shit out there. Remember the NBC TV series by J.J. Abrams called “Revolution“? Now add invasion from foreign soldiers, drug cartel gangs and a crap load of other well armed bad guys and well… you get the picture. I pray to God that what I just said is soon to be epilogue and not prologue. Wake up my fellow Americans.
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