In a City Without Power, Imagine an EV Upgrade

September 3, 2021

New Orleans is a city in crisis from power failures following climate amped extreme weather.
How might batteries, microgrids, widespread personal and community solar, and EVs change the dynamic in future storms?

New York Times:

With electricity still out for hundreds of thousands of customers and a punishing heat settling over southern Louisiana, New Orleans instituted a curfew on Tuesday night as officials warned that recovery from Hurricane Ida could take days or even weeks.

As search-and-rescue efforts continued for those still stranded, Gov. John Bel Edwards offered no timeline for when the state would be able to welcome back residents who had fled the storm.

“Many of the life-supporting infrastructure elements are not present, they’re not operating right now,” Mr. Edwards said in a news conference in LaPlace. “So if you have already evacuated, do not return.”

At least five deaths, officials said, have been attributed to the storm, which on Tuesday was a tropical depression producing heavy rain in Middle Tennessee. The aftermath in New Orleans has grown dire enough for its mayor, LaToya Cantrell, to enforce a citywide curfew beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m.

City officials have not ruled out a post-storm evacuation of the city. But for the moment, their efforts were focused on getting resources to residents, including tarpaulins, food, water and ice.

“We know it’s hot, we know we don’t have any power,” Ms. Cantrell said during a news conference, adding that the power company, Entergy, had yet to give a timeline for restoring electricity to the city.

“We are not even there yet to tell you what day” the lights would come back on, the mayor said.

More than a million utility customers remained without power on Tuesday, including much of New Orleans, where all eight transmission lines that deliver power to the city had been knocked out of service.

Heat closes in as Southern Louisiana remains without power.
How much different if every home had an electric vehicle, with large capacity battery, and bi-directional capability?

7 Responses to “In a City Without Power, Imagine an EV Upgrade”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    With dad and one sister having power restored (block backs onto a substation), their generators can go to other people in need. The 36-pack of CO detectors won’t arrive until Wednesday, and Home Depot will deliver more generators on Thursday. It seems so late in the game, but New Orleans is much, much better off at this point than after Katrina, when they had to wait until levees were repaired.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Disappointed to learn that Ford only has plans for 15,000 F-150 Lightnings in 2022. That seems like a very slow ramp for a major car company (though it’s probably from that whole new scary battery production thing).

    https://electrek.co/2021/09/02/ford-f150-lightning-electric-pickup-reservations/

  3. indy222 Says:

    There are too many out there who believe the seductions of an achievable “Green New Deal” solving our problems. It’s interesting to see the evolution of UBC’s Professor William Rees. He used to claim that we could grow economically w/o higher material and energy consumption rates. He has apparently done more homework… He’s now on board that only drastically reduced civilization can save us – but then, we know too that a drastically reduced civilization will be less able to make the steep transformations and innovations necessary. Negative growth picks up its own momentum.

    This paper is well worth reading, long as it is, and with 100+ references to back up contentions.

    “Starry-eyed optimists who argue that the amount of solar radiation that reaches the Earth’s surface far exceeds global energy consumption confuse total energy flow with practical harvestability and thus generally ignore the limiting laws of physics.”

    https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/14/15/4508/htm#B48-energies-14-04508

    Energies | Free Full-Text | Through the Eye of a Needle: An Eco-Heterodox Perspective on the Renewable Energy Transition | HTML


  4. Is there anything more useless than an electric vehicle when you have an extended power outage from a storm? They’re going to be an extra burden on partial sections that get restored. Their well to do owners, if they have their EV charged up can either use it to get around or provide a little basic power for their house, until it runs out. An IC engine would be likely better in both cases.


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