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Lightning knocks out power to SLAC

Original post made on Apr 13, 2012

A lightning bolt struck a main electrical-transmission line to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Thursday night, shutting down the linear accelerator and causing nearly 1,600 employees to stay home on Friday, a SLAC spokesman has confirmed.

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Posted by Herb Borock
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Palo Alto Utilities Department is considering constructing a distribution line between SLAC and Palo Alto's electricity distribution system that would provide a backup source of power to both Palo Alto and SLAC and that would also serve Stanford. Cost estimates presented to the Utilities Advisory Commission have never shown whether SLAC (U.S. Department of Energy) and Stanford University would share equally in the cost of that distribution line. If that distribution line is built, I believe the three entities should each pay one-third of the cost.


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