I work for an electric utility and our load has actually decreased slightly during this. With people working from home there are numerous office buildings and factories that are sitting dark and unoccupied.
A few days ago, I had a problem with a blackout in my neighborhood, so I called the local electrician company. The Level 2 Electrician Merrylands told me that it is a usual problem this summer since America’s overall power usage has plummeted since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the shuttering of large commercial and industrial buildings. So even if governments continue to lift shelter-in-place orders, many private businesses and institutions will remain dark in the weeks to come, as well as some personal houses.
I always love it when some writer depicts air conditioning as Evil, all the while probably sitting in a comfortable air conditioned office. With so many people (at least around here) switching to LED’s and efficient ac the power drain should be going down. California always tells us how smart, efficient, green and perfect they are, but are the first ones to run into problems and cry the loudest.
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