When it comes to dependency on coal power plants, South Africa is in a class of its own: 85% of its electricity is produced in coal power plants.
A study of real-world disasters shows home solar and storage could keep the lights on and the air conditioner running during many outages, but not all.
Energy rationing is possible but unlikely.
Climate change has a clear link to rising foodborne illnesses. Blackouts during heat waves and wildfires are a growing part of the problem.
Climate change is affecting hydropower in different ways across the country.
Building even more power poles and transmission lines won’t avert outages when major disasters strike.
Could this disaster have been avoided? And under climate change, how can we prepare for more events like this?
The US electricity grid is actually five regional grids, and it’s hard to share power between them. A macrogrid could bridge the gaps, making electricity cheaper and more reliable.
There will be more weather-driven disasters like February’s deep freeze in Texas, and energy planners aren’t prepared.
But it’s time to make this a right to low carbon energy.
Heat waves, droughts and deep freezes can all strain the electric grid, leading utilities to impose rolling blackouts. Climate change is likely to make these events more common.
Adolescents who had more and more blackouts each year had a much higher risk of developing severe alcohol problems.
Here’s how spinning metal can smooth out the spikes in renewable electricity generation.
The likelihood of half of Victoria being plunged into blackout are low – but the question reveals growing tension between the energy market and its regulators.
The revolution in offshore wind for UK energy supply has begun, but we will need the help of AI and robots to sustain it effectively.
Transitioning to renewable energy will cost us something, but the benefits far outweigh the price.
Concerns about the strain electric cars can put on the electricity grid are not unfounded, but there are some relatively simple fixes available.
For many Haitians, blackouts do not just signal a political crisis; they also symbolize feelings of their loss of political power.
Summer is here and the chance of blackouts is higher than normal. But the cause is unlikely to be the power station. The problem is usually much closer to home – in the local poles and wires.
Sections of the media have talked up the prospects of future power outages, even though the electricity market operator predicts that Australia’s stringent reliability standards will still be met.