US grid vulnerable to power outages due to its reliance on gas


As natural gas pipelines get hit by winter storms, the US is at risk of blackouts

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Natural gas plants have replaced coal to become the largest source of electricity for the US power grid, but they also appear to be the weakest link during extreme weather. The overreliance on natural gas could make the US vulnerable to power outages during extreme winter storms.

Gas plants accounted for more than half of all the grid’s power capacity that failed during five major winter storms between 2011 and 2022 – events that regulators…

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