U.S. Power Grid vulnerable to sabotage and attacks

  • US Power Grid Attacks Happening More and More, and the System Remains Very Vulnerable
  • In 2013, a well-planned attack against a Silicon Valley electrical substation caused millions of dollars in damages, while nearly taking out power to Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Intel. Since that attack, no suspects have been identified. The question remains, was it terrorism or extreme vandalism?
  • Now, a new wave of attacks is targeting America’s electrical grid at the same time as Russia’s brutal attacks on Ukraine’s energy system dominate the news.
  • On Dec. 3, 2022, gunfire took out two North Carolina substations, knocking out power to 40,000 homes and businesses.
  • Then on Christmas Day, attackers struck four substations in Washington State, causing power outages.
  • The infrastructure law passed last year includes $15 billion to upgrade and strengthen the power grid, but some energy experts estimate it would cost as much as $5 trillion dollars to modernize and upgrade the protection of the country’s electric system.
  • Tim Miller told us. “Back when I was working on the staff of the Secretary of Homeland Security, we had major concerns about how vulnerable our power grid is. And unfortunately, it’s gotten worse since then.”
  • “We’ve got a bunch of enemies now that hate this country and some are internal. So it should cause us to go, ‘Hey, wait a minute now we need to really look at hardening up our power grid,'” he said.

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As the Power Grid has fallen under attack we are now hearing calls for a centralized government agency to be in control. What could go wrong?

Revelations 18:23:’For the merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’

Important Takeaways:

  • Why America’s electrical grid is vulnerable to attack
  • America’s electrical grid is under attack. Christmas Day attacks on electrical substations in Washington “knocked out power to thousands of customers in the region,” The New York Times reports — part of a string of attacks in the Pacific Northwest dating back to mid-November. Those outages were similar to an early December assault on a North Carolina electrical station that left 45,000 customers without power. “Physical and computerized assaults on the equipment that delivers electricity are at their highest level since at least 2012,” Politico reports
  • Why are power stations vulnerable to attacks?
  • The American grid is decentralized, which does make it more difficult for attackers to knock out power to the entire country. But those substations are often not terribly secure: “Many of the nation’s 55,000 substations are blocked only by chain-link fences, and the equipment is easily accessible once within the fencing,” CBS News reports. The hodge-podge of companies and electricity providers that make up the national power system — more than 3,000 different entities — means that there is “no single agency responsible for managing the resilience of the power grid.” That makes regional and local power failures more likely.

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Texas could experience power outage on Christmas as winter storm brings frigid temps

Luke 21:25-26 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Important Takeaways:

  • Blackouts Could Hit Texas on Christmas as Arctic Blast Threatens Grid
  • Texas suffered a massive power grid failure in February 2021 after three severe winter storms and frigid temperatures stressed the grid. The grid’s failure resulted in millions of Texans losing power, leading to a lack of food, water and warmth. The failure proved fatal, and hundreds died because of the outage. The failure dealt a blow to the economy as well, resulting in a loss of at least $195 billion
  • “The bigger story going forward is the Arctic blast that moves into the west first then pushing east for Christmas,” Panovich tweeted. “The Texas Grid is going to be tested again.”

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Fires, Hurricane, and Drought. Extreme stress on California electric grid

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • California is set to scorch in 118 degree heat as blistering heatwave finally peaks before Hurricane Kay pounds southern tip: Fears power grid could COLLAPSE and four killed in wildfires
  • California is experiencing the wrath of Earth, Air, Wind, and Fire this week as fires are followed by heatwaves are followed by hurricanes
  • Residents have been asked to dial back energy usage in the late afternoon as officials fear the state’s overtaxed power grid could fail
  • Governor Gavin Newsom says threat of blackouts is ‘real’ and ‘immediate’
  • The extreme weather began with the Fairview fire, which has spread rapidly and forced the evacuation of 3,000 homes and counting.
  • The perpetual drought that impacts the region has created ideal conditions for a fire to spread rapidly, which it has, as firefighters continue to fight the blaze. Over Labor Day Weekend, 4,400 firefighters battled 14 large fires.
  • The National Weather Service has encouraged citizens to be extremely vigilant about their health as the heat continues.
  • There is a ‘very high risk of heat stress or illness for the entire population,’ reads one NWS warning, which notes that individuals should consider spending only limited amounts of time outdoors.

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Heatwave stressing farmers and power grid. Europe also issuing extreme heat warnings

Revelations 18:23 ’For the merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’

Important Takeaways:

  • Extreme Heat Breaks Records in U.S. and Abroad – It’s Threatening Power Grids and Could Drive up the Cost of Beef
  • Extreme heat is sweeping the country right now with many areas of the U.S. facing temperatures that could feel like 115 degrees with heat and humidity on Tuesday.
  • 60 million people are expected to face temperatures in the triple digits in the coming days.
  • For the first time ever, the Houston forecast predicts 10 days straight of 100 degrees or higher
  • Texans are being asked to conserve electricity and water with looming concerns over the power grid’s ability to handle the high demand during the high heat.
  • In the U.S., a lack of grass and water are forcing cattle ranchers to sell their livestock, which could drive up beef prices at the grocery store.
  • The UK issued its first-ever extreme heat warning as they, too, deal with record high temperatures. The UK recorded a record-breaking temperature of 104 degrees before noon on Tuesday

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Solar flare could disrupt power grid

Mathew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken

Important Takeaways:

  • Solar storm ‘snowplows’ past Earth, could cause problems with power grid
  • A solar storm that zoomed past Earth recently might create problems for satellites and the country’s power grid, experts say.
  • The nearby solar eruption snowplowed dense plasma towards the Earth triggering geomagnetic storms in at least two US states, according to weather data.
  • The July 1 CME hit is part of a rash of solar storms as the Sun goes through a period of heightened activity.
  • In 1989, a strong solar eruption shot so many electrically charged particles at Earth that the Canadian Province of Quebec lost power for nine hours.

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Green Energy push leaving the US Power Grid vulnerable

  • Rush toward green energy has left US ‘incredibly’ vulnerable to summer blackouts, expert warns
  • At issue are blackouts that could become widespread across the country this summer as grid operators struggle to meet the increased demand, a problem that has plagued some states for years but now could threaten much of the country.
  • The potential outages come as many states have moved to quickly take plants that produce traditional sources of energy such as coal and natural gas offline and switch production over to renewable energy sources, which currently do not have the capacity to keep up with the demand of a hot summer.
  • Regulators in Illinois have warned of controlled outages that could occur this summer
  • Grid operators in Michigan have also been bracing for the possibility of blackouts this summer
  • Texas, California, New Mexico, New York, all of New England. These are areas whose policies and political decisions have weakened their electric grid.”

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Israel IDF helping protect America’s power grid

Matthew 5:10 ““Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Important Takeaways:

  • IDF stopped hackers from hitting US power plants – Unit 8200 official
  • This is the first time a current Unit 8200 official discussed such sensitive cyber intelligence sharing in public.
  • U. recalled that an “adversary [Iran] attacked water facilities in Israel. We saw this attacker attempting to poison the water in an attempt to claim human lives. We mitigated that threat far ahead.
  • “Another adversary attacked Israel [and in the process of stopping the cyberattack,] we also found that they were attempting to target US power plants as well,” he said. “This was the first indication of this attack. It enabled preventing this threat through tight collaboration with our fantastic American partners.”

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Today marks the first official day of hurricane season; new risks to a power grid already on edge

Matt 24:7 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven

Important Takeaways:

  • Americans are at a far greater risk of a compromised power grid compounded by weather-related events such as hurricanes.
  • The nation’s growing population needs more energy
  • Refusal to unleash American energy potential as demand rises among homeowners electrifying their homes even more with new gadgets every year, is “a recipe for disaster.”

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Experts warn Power Grid is under strain “reliability is going to be difficult

Important Takeaways:

  • Vast swath of U.S. at risk of summer blackouts, regulator warns
  • A vast swath of North America from the Great Lakes to the West Coast is at risk of blackouts this summer as heat, drought, shuttered power plants and supply-chain woes strain the electric grid.
  • A historic drought is covering the western US, limiting supplies of hydroelectric power, and forecasts call for a hotter-than-average summer. But the fight against global warming poses its own risks as older coal-fired plants close faster than wind farms, solar facilities and batteries can replace them.
  • “The pace of our grid transformation is out of sync” with the physical realities of the existing power network, Moura said.
  • Supply-chain snags, meanwhile, are delaying Southwest solar projects and Texas transmission lines, while coal plants are having trouble obtaining fuel amid increased exports. And power grids face a growing threat of cyberattacks because of US support for Ukraine following the Russian invasion, according to NERC.
  • California’s grid operators, in contrast, have warned that the state faces a risk of blackouts during the next three summers as the state shifts to cleaner energy.
  • “We know that reliability is going to be difficult in this time of transition,” said Alice Reynolds, president of the California Public Utilities Commission

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