Why Should I Worry About A Jihadist Attack On The Power Grid?

Let’s find out…

It has happened… An attack by snipers on a Silicon Valley power substation last year is prompting the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to launch a crusade to better secure and defend the nation’s electrical grid.

The former chairman, Jon Wellinghoff, now a San Francisco energy law attorney, called the little-publicized April 2013 attack on the substation a “very well planned, coordinated and executed attack on a major piece of our electric grid infrastructure.”

  • It’s very simple.

    Imagine living in the eighteenth century for five minutes.

    Then try imagine living in the eighteenth century for several months.

    • That would be awkward and very hard to update FaceBook.

    • UCSPanther

      You can forget about electricity, advanced medical care, fast transportation and other high technology that many take for granted.

      • But then we can rely on natural medicines like sweet grass.

        It cures…. nothing.

        • Raymond Hietapakka

          ..hey…I collect Inonotus Obliquus, Fomitopsis pinicola and many more…don’t be too sure about that.

  • Alain

    Probably nothing serious to worry about, since all that “green energy” will come to the rescue. On a more serious note this smacks of the work of eco-terrorists, although it is possible that it was Muslims. The Muslims would more likely try something that would result immediately in the death of as many as possible.

    • Even if natural phenomenon were to damage power grids, we would be up a certain creek that, for now, shall remain nameless.

  • canminuteman

    At Darlington NGS, which produces something like 20 percent of Ontario’s power, there are 4 three phase main output transformers, for a total of 12 transformers. To the best of my knowledge there is one spare. It would take months to get a new one manufactured and installed. Take out two at Darlington, two at Bruce and two at Pickering and Ontario would be blacked out for a year.

    • Exile1981

      Alberta is no better.

    • Exile1981

      Most power plants need an outside power source to start running.

      • canminuteman

        Darlington can start under it’s own power if it has to, but it isn’t normal practice.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Makes sense.
          If the control systems are run on the same power they produce then they are inherently unstable.

          • canminuteman

            They do it with the back up generators, which are Rolls Royce gas turbines. The back up generators are their in case they lose grid power which is what is usually used to power itself.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Converter stations don’t run the same way.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I’m planning on sticking around….as long as there are fat people to dine on, I should be ok…

  • Tokenn

    There are so many social and infrastructure vulnerabilities that jihadis [or other garden variety terrorists] could attack that would cause immense problems, the mind fairly boggles. Fortunately they seem to be the stupidest people on Earth. I definitely think I’ll buy a generator to keep stashed away however….

    • robins111

      Yup, I’ve often commented that there is a single, large natural gas pipeline running across Northern Ontario to feed all of Ontario and presumably Quebec… it runs through wilderness and a single service road along side… a winter time messing with that utility would be horrible for all of the folks south of # 7 highway..

      • Linda1000

        Oh, well, your lovely premier doesn’t like AB pipelines and neither does Quebec or the mayor of Montreal. Come to think of it, Alberta’s new nutcase premier doesn’t like them either or we would of had at least one approved by now.

  • Gary

    Just image millions more of the muslims Obama wants to bring in.