Solar eclipse could wipe out 9,000 MM of power supplies, Bloomberg
Post date: 15/07/2017 - 18:42
According to news agency »Bloomberg«, more than 9,000 megawatts of solar power may go down during the solar eclipse on August 21 in the United States. That’s the equivalent of about nine nuclear reactors. The eclipse could wipe out enough power generation to supply about 7 million homes. The event will cast a shadow along a 70-mile-wide (113-kilometer) corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.
The duration of the eclipse (12:05 p.m. to 4:09 p.m. New York time) is too short to meaningfully boost demand for fossil fuels, says the article. »But it could trigger spikes in wholesale power prices, especially since demand tends to surge in the summer as people blast their air conditioners.«