Failure in Middlefield power line caused outage
Original post made on Aug 22, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9:57 AM
on Aug 22, 2012 at 10:57 am
The story ends with "Utilities workers have not yet found the portion of failed line and are still working to replace the 20-year-old cables." With updated sensors and controls on the distribution system they would be able to find the problem areas immediately and not have to get lucky that crews are already nearby to search for source of the problem.
Why isn't our municipal utility, in the birth place of Silicon Valley, actively pursuing grid modernization along with the rest of California? In addition to the investor-owned utilities (PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE), even munis in Sacramento, Glendale, and Santa Clara are on the leading edge of this national transformation.
We have a community with a high concentration of people concerned about the environment, eager to purchase electric vehicles and rooftop solar. Power quality is important for the many computers, servers, and other digital equipment in our homes, hospitals, and businesses. We are going to need the capabilities of smart grid sooner than most other communities or risk frequent service disruptions.
What will it take to get the ball rolling here?
on Aug 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Probably for the same reason they don't bother to fix the traffic light timing.
on Aug 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm
OOOO. Traffic light timing. Now, there's a concept! I agree with Silly.