Cold Winter Predicted, Will The Grid Be Able To Handle It?

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist with WeatherBELL Analytics about the upcoming winter. According to Bastardi, this winter is shaping up to be a cold one, and the electrical grid may not be able to keep up. He said that last year “we were within one power plant last year of having the grid overload.” This of course is due to the Obama administration’s war on coal and the number of coal plants being taken off line. A partial transcript of the interview is below the video.

Joe Bastardi: … It’s flowing along right now into the type of El Nino situation that is notorious for giving the United States cold, snowy winters, especially in the eastern part of the United States, relative to the averages. That would be significant because we were within one power plant last year of having the grid overload …
Question: This is sounding horrific. I know that in the first quarter, the weather was said to be to blame for the slow economic growth. Are we going to stop working, basically is what you’re saying?
Joe Bastardi: This year, if you get the kind of winter that we had in 2009-2010 or 2002-2003 with the nation’s grid on the ropes the way it is and some of these regulations that I hear about coming down that are supposed to close plants on January 1st – and what I know, because we’re involved in getting people ready to fight snow in cities around the country – this could be a very, very big economic impact on the winter. And we’re very concerned about that.