An update to an earlier post – Be Careful Out There – February 14, 2021.
Received an e-mail yesterday from my local power company. They are instituting 30 minute power outages around Wichita to avoid potential much longer power outages. From the sounds of it, about 150 million Americans will be experiencing the same in different parts of the country. Be prepared for a temporary power outage if you are in an area where this can happen. Plan accordingly. Have blankets handy, avoid using the refrigerator if it happens.
I noticed many places are out of kerosene and similar non-electric heaters due to the extreme temperatures lately. It may be sometime in March before those are available again. If you have a fireplace, hopefully you had it cleaned before winter. You need a good supply of firewood, kindling, etc. on hand. Places I rarely see have winter emergency shelters are opening them now.
Looks like a fair number of green sources – solar panels, wind turbines, are down for the count due to increased demand. Saw several articles on the subject. Infrastructure seems to be the biggest problem as it has not kept up with the expanded growth of power output. There are companies working on increasing infrastructure availability.