The West's Megadrought and the Electricity Supply Crisis
Thirteen Western states get 22 percent of their power from hydroelectric dams. But the West is in the grip of a megadrought, and things are looking bleak for electricity supply as temperatures hit all-time highs even before the traditional hottest time of the year.
A megadrought-induced electricity shortage could be catastrophic, affecting everything from food production to industrial manufacturing. Even large population shifts from West to East are possible – a reverse Dust Bowl exodus.
The national electric supply system is on edge as temperatures soar, even in the East. But the critical problems are in the West and will persist, it appears.
The United States Energy Association, in collaboration with journalist Llewellyn King, will address the impact of the megadrought in a virtual press briefing featuring a panel of industry experts who will be questioned by reporters. USEA Acting Director Sheila Hollis will give opening remarks and Mr. King will moderate the briefing.
The general audience can submit questions using the Zoom Q&A function, but members of the media will be given preference. A recording will be made available after the briefing.
Elliot Mainzer, President & CEO, California ISO
Tyler Hodge, Senior Economist, Office of Energy Analysis, U.S. EIA
Peter Asmus, Research Director, Guidehouse
Leah Rubin Shen, Policy Director, Advanced Energy Economy
Ken Silverstein, Forbes
Edward Saltzberg, Security and Sustainability Forum
Linda Gasparello, "White House Chronicle" on PBS