The global gas crisis reached the United States: Americans were warned of rolling blackouts

Consumers in five states in the northeastern United States (New England region) face rolling blackouts in the event of prolonged frosts this winter. The Americans were warned about this by the local ISO operator New England Inc. (ISO-NE) serving the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The head of the operator, Gordon van Wely, called the global gas crisis one of the reasons for possible power outages. He clarified that the specified region is in the zone of increased risk of problems in the energy system due to the situation in the global “blue fuel” market and the limited capacity of the local gas transportation system. The supervisor is not confident that the operator will cope with the situation during peak power consumption.

We continue to work towards cleaner energy, but we need to maintain the reliability of the grid. In recent years, fuel oil and LNG have been covering the shortage of raw materials for power generation, when, due to frost, the supply through gas pipelines is reduced. Higher global prices this year and supply problems could limit fuel availability for New England. If there is a prolonged cold snap, and these fuels are not available, the region will be in a dangerous situation.

- declared van Wely.

He recalled what happened in the southern state of Texas in February this year, clarifying that New England is much further north and extreme weather could make things worse.

At the same time, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a milder winter. But this does not at all exclude prolonged cold snaps and, according to ISO-NE, climatic changes make the weather unpredictable.

The operator is trying to pressure generating companies through state and federal regulators to stock up on fuel for future use. However, so far these efforts have been unsuccessful due to very high prices for energy raw materials. Therefore, ISO-NE is worried that a shortage may arise.

As a reminder, the main fuel for power generation in the New England region is LNG. At the same time, coastal (domestic) sea transportation by foreign vessels in the United States is prohibited, and the country does not have its own LNG tankers (gas carriers). Therefore, all LNG is brought from abroad, which is reflected in the price of fuel. According to the US Department of Energy, the price of gas in the country ranges from $ 127 to $ 150 per 1 cubic meters. cubic meters, and in New England - $ 270.

Note that the ISO-NE network does not extend to the outlying districts of Maine, where consumers receive their electricity from suppliers in Canada. At the same time, there were no statements about possible rolling blackouts from the Canadian side.
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  1. viktortarianik Offline viktortarianik
    viktortarianik (Victor) 14 December 2021 12: 33
    As in Ukraine?
  2. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 14 December 2021 14: 19
    it's high time to declare US sanctions - to deny oil and LNG supplies
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 14 December 2021 22: 46
      Biden and I now have a good understanding, so we will help him. Aside from the empty aggressive chatter of their media designed to distract local suckers, Biden is playing on us.
  3. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 14 December 2021 23: 00
    There is indeed a problem in the northeastern United States. There has historically been a well-developed coal-fired generation of electricity and heat, so not a single main gas pipeline reaches there. In the heat of the enthusiasm for renewable energy sources, they began to destroy coal generation, trying to replace renewable energy sources. It turned out as expected. There is not enough energy.
    By law, which is about 100 years old, coastal shipping in the United States (even from the west coast to the east, through the Panama Canal) is only possible on US-made ships, registered in the USA, owned by a company registered in the USA, with a crew of US citizens or having permanent residence permit in the United States.
    The United States does not know how to make gas carriers (unlike some gas station countries that build ice-class gas carriers). Hence the problem.
    But there is nothing wrong with that. LNG will be brought to them from Yamal on the Marshal Vasilevsky gas carrier, not for the first time. And they will print money, Biden will not allow such a failure. He has congressional elections in a year.
    Last time the price turned out to be as much as $ 3 per 000 cubic meters. meters of gas, but we are not to blame. Gas was bought by American companies, they also rented a gas carrier. But, while the gas carrier was going to Boston, the gas changed owners several times, so the price soared, and it was 1-000 years ago. The local financial marauders took advantage of the peak situation and ripped off their American people like a stick.