If you haven't already got a backup emergency generator, now might be a very good time to invest in one. Hot Air reports:
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has released its latest reliability assessment for the summer of 2022 and, to put it mildly, the news is not good. In far too many states, the power grid is already nearly at full capacity, and in the next few months, that capacity will be exceeded. This isn’t a question of “if” or really even “when.” It’s just a fact ... When demand for electricity exceeds supply, the utility companies will either have to begin a series of rolling blackouts in all of the affected states or the grid will suffer crippling damage and be down for months.
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A minimum of 14 states will be hit by this in a rolling sequence. As water levels fall, you eventually reach the point where your ability to produce hydroelectric electricity from dams diminishes. Meanwhile, there are 40 coal-fired power plants scheduled to be taken offline in the name of fighting climate change. No replacement sources for all of that juice have been proposed, to say nothing of having them come online.
There's more at the link, including possible fixes for the problem. Sadly, all those fixes will take time - at least a year or more - to improve the situation; and until they're in place (if they're even started, under this feckless administration), the problems will get worse. If you rely on freezers to preserve your food, or if you're in a climate zone that requires air-conditioning in summer and/or electrically powered heat in the winter to be livable, you will almost certainly be impacted.
A generator isn't a solution on its own. You need to plan for how often, and how long, you intend to run it. Calculate the amount of fuel your generator uses per hour, figure out the maximum time you'll need to run it, and that's how much fuel you need to store (in a secure place outside your home, such as a garden shed, due to the fire hazard) to run it. Given today's fuel prices, that's a not insignificant expense - perhaps as much as, or more than, the cost of the generator itself. Smaller, more economical generators have a big advantage here compared to large, whole-house units; but the smaller ones won't provide enough power to run every appliance or system in your home. It's a trade-off. I've chosen to run a smaller, dual-fuel inverter generator, and rely on a free-standing air-conditioning unit to cool just one room in our home, rather than buy a generator big enough to run the main HVAC system during a power outage. That's not an ideal solution, but it's one we can afford. YMMV, of course.
You also need to secure your generator against theft. My gunsmith bought a powerful generator last year during the big Texas power outage. Within a week it had been stolen from his porch, where he'd chained it to a big upright to keep it "secure". The thieves simply cut the chain with bolt-cutters and made off with the generator while he and his family were asleep. I'm working on a plan to run our generator inside our garage - and before you scream, it can be done safely and securely, provided you know what you're doing (and provided your local building and safety codes allow it). See:
I know several people who've bought an RV generator exhaust venting system and installed it on the exterior wall of their garage, boring a hole through the wall to connect it to their generator. In every case, it's worked well, and keeps their costly equipment securely locked away from light-fingered passers-by.
Forewarned is forearmed. We know these problems are coming. Let's address them as best we can while we have time to do so.