What do you get when you reduce diversity of generation of electricity, take offline nuclear plants, demand that nobody use coal any more, and otherwise restrict where power comes from so you have fewer and less-diverse sources of energy?
You get crap when a hurricane shows up, that’s what.
Many of those powerless residents are now asking hard questions of the area’s power monopoly, which has spent millions of dollars fighting policies that would have strengthened the grid in the event of a major storm like Irma and, more broadly, stemmed the carbon-fueled climate change likely fueling monster storms.
“I am one of the many that has now been without power for more than two days as a result of Hurricane Irma,” Elise McKenna, a West Palm Beach resident, told New Times via email. “My confusion came when so many of us lost power during the early hours of the storm that basically avoided us. We’ve been told time and time again that rate increases were to help prepare us for future storms.”
This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-09-19.