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Regulators are indeed looking at the issue and hope to bring in new rules that will address the issue. While disruptions such as Brexit may have forced the problem to the bottom of the pile, there is light at the end of this blackout tunnel.

The Blackout (2020)

In August 2020, hundreds of thousands of Californians briefly lost power in rolling blackouts amid a heat wave, marking the first time outages were ordered in the state due to insufficient energy supplies in nearly 20 years.

Human error may also play a part in power supplies. Though the ISO has not issued them, several Northern California cities did see rolling blackouts this week due to a \"communication breakdown\" between the grid operator and local power authority, The Sacramento Bee reported.

To address these needs, The University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute convened a diverse expert committee, to offer an unbiased assessment of the data and events of the blackout. This report is not intended to comprehensively address all issues stemming from such a complex event, but may inform subsequent assessments and the public policy debate about how to best design and operate the ERCOT grid. This report does not recommend policies or solutions.

State and grid officials earlier this month revealed that California faces the possibility of electricity blackouts returning this summer because of power supply shortages (Energywire, May 9). That prediction was based on an analysis of existing power supplies, new sources expected to come online and the potential for extreme events. Friday's presentation was the first to give an in-depth look at potential gaps between electricity supply and peak demand beyond this coming summer, with analyses that also cover the summers of 2023 through 2026.

State officials are also trying to avoid a repeat of August 2020, when power supply shortages led to rolling blackouts on a Saturday evening and a few hours the next night. Power supplies remained tight throughout that month. Residents and businesses cut consumption, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom authorized the use of diesel generators and other moves, and the lights stayed on.

The hashtag #dcblackout had almost a half-million tweets within a few hours, following a night of chaotic protests in American cities triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who was pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25, 2020, while he pleaded, "I can't breathe."

Here's how the misinformation campaign began: According to BBC misinformation specialists, the idea of a network blackout in Washington, D.C., during the protests seemingly first appeared on a Facebook group titled Trump 2020, which had tens of thousands of subscribers and had later deleted the below-displayed post.

Darius Kazemi, a former fellow at the Mozilla Foundation and social media and bots researcher, told Mother Jones that while he was still in the process of investigating the situation, both accounts that spread the #dcblackout and refuted the claim were engaged in what appeared to be one massive, coordinated effort. He elaborated on Twitter:

He said some accounts involved could have been hacked because they either quickly deleted the copy-paste spam posts or authored follow-up messages saying that they didn't mean to write about the alleged blackout.

In sum, given no evidence exists of an internet or cell service blackout in Washington, D.C., during the in-question time period, as well as protest organizers and city authorities refuting the claim and analysis by misinformation experts that had dubbed the rumor part of a coordinated communications effort, we rate this claim "False."

If not for emergency measures that brought in extra energy sources and everyday consumers consciously reducing their electricity demand, there would have been more blackouts Aug. 17-19. Another heatwave over the Labor Day weekend nearly led to the CAISO initiating other rounds of rotating outages.

The grid operator said it has seen no evidence so far of market manipulation, unlike in 2000 and 2001 when energy traders, including those at Enron, spiked prices that led to shortages and rolling blackouts in California.

Changes on the grid are crucial because California has committed to derive 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. Following the blackouts and slew of wildfires blistering the state this summer, Newsom signed an executive order last month requiring that by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles.

Last summer's rolling blackouts were the result of inadequate supply-demand planning as well as market issues, California's grid operator confirmed. The incidents last summer captured national attention, with some ready to solely blame the state's high levels of solar capacity for the issue. But stakeholders say the issue is more complicated.

Stakeholders across the country, including federal regulators, are watching closely how California responds to the rolling blackouts in the interest of avoiding similar incidents as more states similarly pursue high levels of renewable energy. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair James Danly in December proposed regulators initiate a show cause investigation into the state's issues, but the majority of the commission felt such an investigation would impede the state's own efforts.

With less than one week to go until the Premier League resumes, English football fans are going to have the opportunity to watch every game for the first time ever. On 3 April 2020 UEFA announced that it had accepted a request from the Premier League to suspend the 3pm blackout rule which has prevented broadcasters from showing 3pm games on Saturdays since long before the Premier League era. With so many matches to be played in quick succession, only a handful will actually take place at 3pm on a Saturday, but this could be a significant step towards changing football broadcasting for good. Could this be the historical spark that changes the status quo?

Advocates of the blackout rule insist that it is necessary to protect participation in grassroots football and the gate receipts for lower league clubs. These were the initial goals of the rule since its inception, as enshrined in Article 2 of the UEFA Regulations Governing the Implementation of Article 48 of the UEFA Statutes. The current crisis has shone a light on the importance of gate receipts for most of the clubs in the Football League, many of which rely on that money for around a third of their total income.

The financials behind broadcasting Project Restart are not public, but under other circumstances lifting the restrictions could increase revenue for the Premier League, and for other Football League clubs. In the end, the longevity of this trial may be inextricably tied to the longevity of the virus. If we are still experiencing restrictions on movement and social gatherings at the start of next season, the blackout will almost certainly be lifted again. This could well lead to a scenario where the blackout is lifted and, at some point in the season, fans are able to attend matches once again. Such a scenario would provide for a more useful trial run that could gauge the impact of lifting the blackout in measurable terms and settle the arguments once and for all.

So blackout happens when Society goes so far off track; so far off the rails; away from love into things that are very depletist and vacues, and that is not supportive to the human species, the animal species, the nature species and the planet itself, but be able to be nurtured and cared for, and to operate in adaptation and evolution.

The overall objective for #BlackOutDay2020 is to force companies to end racist policies and practices that have done more harm to the Black community. The initiative has garnered tons of support on social media. More than 13,000 people joined a Facebook group about an entire "blackout week."

Marcella Tillett, vice president of programs and partnerships for the Brooklyn Community Foundation, said that amid the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial justice demonstrations, blackout concerns may be an afterthought to some. 041b061a72


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