The entirety of two countries seems to be without electrical power this morning as a failure in the grid has left both Argentina and Uruguay completely bereft. This is the sort of failure we normally have to institute socialism to manage.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] A massive power cut has hit Argentina and Uruguay and is believed to have left 48million people without electricity. The outage – believed to be the first of its kind – has caused trains to be halted and failures with traffic signalling, according to reports. [/perfectpullquote]
While this did at least happen in daylight – close at least – it’s not a good look on a polling day.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] It could also impact the regional elections taking place in several parts of Argentina. Infobae also reports that the website for the National Entity for Energy Regulation (ENRE) is down. The site should report power outages in real time. [/perfectpullquote]
Well, yes, if the entire power system is down we’d expect the website showing the power system to be down, that’s true. Even if the server itself is still getting power the information flowing into it won’t be there.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power,” electricity supplier company Edesur said in a tweet.[/perfectpullquote]
There is a lesson for us here. It’s a lesson about that Green New Deal and us getting all our power from renewables.
Note what hasn’t happened – the power stations haven’t all failed. It’s the grid which has. And the grid hasn’t failed because it’s all fallen over, we’re not talking about storms which wipe out the poles that carry the wires or anything. Instead, we’re talking about one part of the grid becoming unstable as a result of that interconnector failure. Something that then cascades through the entire system tripping each successive part of it.
And what is the promise of that Green New Deal? That our electricity system will have to deal with hugely variable power supplies as winds and sunshine change by the minute and even second. Something that grid systems simply aren’t built to handle, as here.
Even if we can do it that renewables only system is going to be hellishly expensive and prone to this sort of cascade failure.