When Brown Turns to Black, in England, S. Africa, Indiana

By September 10, 2008Energy, Infrastructure

From the Daily Express (UK), “BLACKOUT BRITAIN WARNING“:

Britain is “quite simply running out of power” and blackouts are almost inevitable within the next few years.

This is the stark warning from the head of an energy think-tank who believes power cuts could be serious enough to spark civil disorder.

Campbell Dunford of the respected Renewable Energy Foundation  said: “It’s almost too late to do anything about it. Nothing will stop us having to pay very high prices for power in future.

“If we pull our finger out now we can limit blackouts but it’s going to be pretty grim whatever happens.”

Reuters, “Anglo American in co-operation deal with Eskom“:

Eskom is struggling to meet electricity demand in South Africa, owing to a lack of investment in new generation capacity and its ageing power generating infrastructure which has been unable to cope with rising demand.

“It is of critical importance that we play our part in addressing South Africa’s energy challenge,” Anglo American Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll said in a statement…[snip]

Key platinum and gold mines were shut for five days in January, and big aluminium smelters were also affected during the height of the power crunch. Since then, big power users and households have been asked by the utility to cut their demand.

Richmond Indiana Palladium-Item, “Rural electric utilities lobby for alternatives“:

Industry predictions show if U.S. electric producers don’t build new plants or encourage significant conservation, they won’t be able to handle peak demand periods by 2012, said Bruce Graham, CEO of the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives.

“There are going to be brownouts or blackouts in four or five years,” Graham said. “We sure as heck better have a solution.”

 

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