Hmmm, there are going to be a lot of people caught unprepared.   I hope the state has thought this through and planned accordingly.    

Unprecedented power outages begin in California as winds bring critical fire danger

 

 

In an unprecedented move, Pacific Gas & Electric early Wednesday began shutting off power to about 800,000 customers across Northern California in an attempt to avoid wildfires caused by winds damaging power equipment.

The power cutoffs started in several counties around Sacramento, including Placer and Yuba, amid increasing winds. Officials said cutoffs will continue throughout the day, including in parts of the Bay Area.

The blackouts will impact 34 counties in Central and Northern California. It would be the biggest power shutdown so far as utilities across the state attempt to reduce wildfire risk due to heavy wind. Utilities malfunctions have been tied to some of the state’s most destructive fires, including last year’s Camp fire, which devastated Paradise, Calif., and the 2017 wine country blazes.

“It is a very blunt way of approaching the situation, but at the same time, there’s an understanding of why it’s being undertaken,” said Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, who noted PG&E’s announcement came on the second anniversary of the 2017 firestorm. “We have vulnerable populations, our elderly and young children. We’re mostly concerned about them.”

The shut-down will be PG&E’s third in the last two months, the utility said. Power was restored within a day during the previous two events, but those were also for much smaller slices of its customer base.

“It is very possible that customers may be affected by a power shut-off even though they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their specific location,” the utility said in a statement. “This is because the electric system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.”

 

Southern California Edison announced it, too, was considering preventive power outages. The utility said that given the anticipated possibly strong Santa Ana winds, power could be cut off to more than 106,000 customers in parts of eight Southern California counties.

Edison’s possible outage would primarily affect customers in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Also under consideration are areas in Ventura County and portions of Kern, Tulare, Inyo and Mono counties.

The power shut-offs have generated debate, with some residents saying they create a whole new set of dangers as they try to watch for news about fires. There has been heightened concern about those with health issues who rely on medical equipment.

Throughout Tuesday, the staff at the Ukiah Senior Center were scrambling to prepare for the planned outage, buying butane canisters at sporting goods stores so they could make coffee and freezing water bottles in case the power was out for days.

Relief came in the form of an email, when city leaders alerted the community just after 3:30 p.m. that PG&E had indicated that Ukiah’s electric system won’t be affected by the planned outages. Local leaders did warn that, because extreme weather is expected, outages could still occur.

“People have been on pins and needles all day because of the uncertainty,” said Diana Clarke, the senior center’s executive director. “They don’t know if they should go out and buy supplies, and especially with seniors, they don’t have a lot of extra money.”

The senior center provides residents with hot meals Monday through Friday and delivers meals to older residents who aren’t able to leave their homes. On Tuesday, the center’s outreach supervisor was busy calling people to tell them they weren’t sure whether they would have electricity and thus be able to prepare meals for delivery, Clarke said.

There is a deep sense of frustration, and skepticism, in the community at the idea of losing power to protect them from wildfires, she said.

 

“PG&E should have been doing the proper maintenance for the last decade,” Clarke said. “This wouldn’t have been necessary [if they had], and I think that’s what has got everyone so angry and frustrated with PG&E right now. This is a crisis of PG&E’s making.”

But it may also be the best option available as the utilities and the state face trade-offs between ensuring reliable power and the public’s safety, said Michael Wara, director of Stanford University’s climate and energy policy program.

“Power shut-offs in the face of really widespread dangerous fire weather, which is what we’re confronting, may be the best thing we can do for the time being,” Wara said. “In the long run, PG&E needs to fix its grid. And so does Edison ... so they can use power shut-offs as a more limited tool like a scalpel rather than the blunt instrument they have now.”

Some state and local officials also have complained that utilities don’t always give enough notice before turning off the power. And they have expressed concerns about communications and evacuations if the power is out, especially if traffic signals don’t work and cellphone service is affected.

Caltrans announced it was closing multiple tunnels around the Bay Area as early as Tuesday evening because they require power to control traffic flow. Among them are the Caldecott Tunnel in Contra Costa County and the Tom Lantos Tunnels in Pacifica.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, at a bill signing ceremony in Oakland on Tuesday, defended PG&E’s plans for the intentional power shutdowns.

“The reality is that we want to protect people. We want to make sure people are safe. This is what PG&E thinks is in the best interest of their customers and ultimately for this region and the state,” the governor said.

“It is a massive inconvenience,” he added. “No one wants to see this happen. But it is a public safety issue.”

 

Wara compared it to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the rolling blackouts Californians experienced during the energy crisis of the early 2000s. He said while those events may have triggered blackouts that involved more customers, they weren’t on the order of days like what PG&E is saying could happen here.

“This kind of thing happens because of natural disasters, and here we’re having an unnatural disaster to avoid an even worse natural disaster.”

Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), whose district may be affected by the blackouts, acknowledged there is a fire danger requiring some shutting down of power, but he called the extent of the possible outage troubling.

“I think it is excessive,” said Hill, a longtime critic of the utility. ”PG&E clearly hasn’t made its system safe. These shut-downs are supposed to be surgical. But shutting down power to 800,000 people in 31 counties is by no means surgical.”

Hill, who convened a recent hearing on the Public Utility Commission’s oversight of PG&E, called on the state agency to do a “root cause” analysis of the power shut-downs.

“This cannot be something that can be acceptable nor long-term,” Hill said. “This is third world, and we are not.”

It also makes economic sense for the utility to make its grid more resilient, Wara said, because it’s losing money when it has turned off the power.

Once the fire weather subsides, PG&E employees will check the grid in person and electronically before determining if it is safe to turn back on, a company official said.

It took the utility less than a day to restore power to customers during a three-county shut-off it performed last weekend and during another in September, the company said in a statement.

At a press conference Tuesday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf expressed her concern over PG&E’s timeline to restore power, but added she was grateful they had some time to prepare.

“We expect PG&E to do everything to minimize the impact to residents,” Schaaf said. “The idea of five days without electricity is devastating. We fully expect that to be a worst-case scenario.”

Serna and Cosgrove reported from Los Angeles, McGreevy from Sacramento. Times staff writer Liam Dillon in Sacramento contributed to this report.

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Some state and local officials also have complained that utilities don’t always give enough notice before turning off the power. And they have expressed concerns about communications and evacuations if the power is out, especially if traffic signals don’t work and cellphone service is affected.

 

They can always use HAM radio, or not (cross thread points).

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Stolen from the Pleasanton PD's fb page...at least they have a sense of humor:

PG&E is anticipating widespread, strong and dry winds this week. Starting Wednesday, they are considering turning off power for safety to parts of California, including the Bay Area. So here are a few things you can do to help get through a power shutdown:
• If you come home and everything is dark and nothing works, then yes, you are experiencing a power shutdown. Remain calm. Use your cell phone light to search frantically for the one flashlight you think you have in the house. It will be dead of course. Search for batteries. You will need four but only find three.
• Wish you had charged your cell phone. Plug your phone into the charger but then say to yourself, “duh the power is out.”
• Charge up those portable phone chargers tonight. However, keep in mind, should your teen’s phone run out of battery it could be a good thing. Watching them go through Tik-Tok or Instagram withdrawals could be good entertainment. Heck, it could even put them dangerously close to having to read a book by flashlight or doing something creative.
• Please do not call 911 and ask when the power will come back on. Our dispatchers are very good but they cannot see into the future. They will tell you they do not know and then disconnect so they can answer the other hundred calls from people asking about the power being out.
• Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed to keep food from spoiling. If you have teenagers this may be difficult so speak loudly but slowly to them so they understand. You may need to hang a sign on the doors as well. Use big letters.
• Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration. We think potato chips, Twinkies, Oreos, and peanut butter might be a good start! Okay, maybe throw an apple or an avocado in there, too.
• You will need a plan to keep medicines refrigerated or power-dependent medical devices working.
• PG&E suggests you turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that may cause damage.
• DO NOT use generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills indoors. Carbon monoxide fumes can be deadly. Moreover, never use a gas stove top or oven to heat your home. Do what your mom used to tell you to do: Put on a sweater.
• Check on your neighbors. Even the one whose dog barks all night. And the other one who always parks in front of your house.

-CT

I'm leaving to go out of state and the 17 year old will be left at home, by himself.  We are not forecasted to have outages, but PG&E could fuck up a wet dream.  I think I will leave the lad a social 12 gauge and my Wilson Combat Vertec in case things get dystopian before I return.  He seems to shoot the Vertec the best out of the available selection.

“People have been on pins and needles all day because of the uncertainty,” said Diana Clarke, the senior center’s executive director. “They don’t know if they should go out and buy supplies, and especially with seniors, they don’t have a lot of extra money.”

The senior center provides residents with hot meals Monday through Friday and delivers meals to older residents who aren’t able to leave their homes. On Tuesday, the center’s outreach supervisor was busy calling people to tell them they weren’t sure whether they would have electricity and thus be able to prepare meals for delivery, Clarke said.

There is a deep sense of frustration, and skepticism, in the community at the idea of losing power to protect them from wildfires, she said.

 

“PG&E should have been doing the proper maintenance for the last decade,” Clarke said. “This wouldn’t have been necessary [if they had], and I think that’s what has got everyone so angry and frustrated with PG&E right now. This is a crisis of PG&E’s making.”

I have an aversion to defending anything in California, but I'll put a plug in for PG&E.  “PG&E should have been doing the proper maintenance for the last decade,” Clarke said. “This wouldn’t have been necessary [if they had], and I think that’s what has got everyone so angry and frustrated with PG&E right now. This is a crisis of PG&E’s making.”  That bears repeating.  What she is leaving out is that she wants it for free.  Power lines used to be above ground.  They started going underground to get rid of the visual eyesore of all those cables and poles.  And yes, where the wires can be impacted by falling trees, etc.  What people seem to forget, conveniently or on purpose, is that running utilities underground is a lot more expensive than planting a pole and stringing wire.  So to go back and re-do the original above ground power lines with underground installations that aren't susceptible to wind, fire, etc., is hugely expensive.  She would have pitched a real hissy fit if that extra expense was passed on to the consumer, the way it should be.  

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Although PG&E covers a good portion of the area, there are pockets where power is still available due to other power service providers.  Roseville has its own power utility provider; however, neighboring towns (Lincoln, Rocklin, etc) are or will be affected.

Some schools have chosen to shutdown while the power is out.  The morning radio show stated that some parents now have to take time off from work in order to take care of their children.

Businesses without power but remain open are focusing on cash only transactions.  Some people are realizing that they should've had a bundle of cash on hand in their emergency kit as their credit/debit cards are useless now.

A county incident Facebook group page that I belong to has participants sharing locations of grocery stores, hardware stores and gas stations that are open for business and if they have inventory on hand (batteries, food, ice, generators, etc).  

Some businesses are sharing that they are going to be open earlier or extended hours as they will have extra power outlets available for people to recharge their smartphones, while they travel to or from work.

I will say that if there's going to be a power shutdown, at least it's not 108'F.  The upper 70's-80'F weather should help somewhat.

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Dorsai posted:

“People have been on pins and needles all day because of the uncertainty,” said Diana Clarke, the senior center’s executive director. “They don’t know if they should go out and buy supplies, and especially with seniors, they don’t have a lot of extra money.”

 

So what you're saying is they don't have the recommended supplies for any other type of disaster either.  I dunno maybe something for earthquakes or winter storms????

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Excellent observations, Dorsai.

Maybe if California allowed proper forestry it would prevent or mitigate wildfires. Also, depending on where you find the numbers, the 2018 wildfires cost PG&E between $11 and $20 BILLION dollars. I really don't know if PG&E was solely responsible for the fires, or was the best target because they had big money. Either way, you're out of your mind if you think ANY business would expose itself to that kind of liability again. 

The mountain community in which I work is facing shutdowns from NV Energy for a few days at a time when red flag conditions exist. It sucks, and is inconvenient, but it beats having your house burnt to the ground. I'm not saying I'd like losing power for 6-72 hours, so I understand when they complain. 

NV Energy looked at a lot of options in the wake of the 2019 PG&E lawsuits. Even though utilities don't have the same liability here as in CA, they didn't want to find themselves blamed for destructive fires. They trimmed a ton of trees back from powerlines (and people bitched about it) and are making plans to install underground lines (which people want, but some are bitching about the cost, construction inconveniences, and impact on their beautiful mountain ecology). You're always going to find people who want something for nothing. 

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Dorsai posted:

“People have been on pins and needles all day because of the uncertainty,” said Diana Clarke, the senior center’s executive director. “They don’t know if they should go out and buy supplies, and especially with seniors, they don’t have a lot of extra money.”

The senior center provides residents with hot meals Monday through Friday and delivers meals to older residents who aren’t able to leave their homes. On Tuesday, the center’s outreach supervisor was busy calling people to tell them they weren’t sure whether they would have electricity and thus be able to prepare meals for delivery, Clarke said.

There is a deep sense of frustration, and skepticism, in the community at the idea of losing power to protect them from wildfires, she said.

 

“PG&E should have been doing the proper maintenance for the last decade,” Clarke said. “This wouldn’t have been necessary [if they had], and I think that’s what has got everyone so angry and frustrated with PG&E right now. This is a crisis of PG&E’s making.”

I have an aversion to defending anything in California, but I'll put a plug in for PG&E.  “PG&E should have been doing the proper maintenance for the last decade,” Clarke said. “This wouldn’t have been necessary [if they had], and I think that’s what has got everyone so angry and frustrated with PG&E right now. This is a crisis of PG&E’s making.”  That bears repeating.  What she is leaving out is that she wants it for free... She would have pitched a real hissy fit if that extra expense was passed on to the consumer, the way it should be.  

This. Government regulation at work. "No, you can't raise rates, we don't care that your margins are suffering due to the increasing popularity of solar panels (which we've been subsidizing and now require for new homes) or that you have to actually pay people that know what they're doing a competitive wage. It's bad for the consumer. Make do with what we tell you is enough."

Now with PG&E being bankrupted by lawsuits from the previous several fires blamed on them, without an impossible infusion of funds, this will be the "safety first" option for the next several years, at least.

wadejm posted:
Dorsai posted:

“People have been on pins and needles all day because of the uncertainty,” said Diana Clarke, the senior center’s executive director. “They don’t know if they should go out and buy supplies, and especially with seniors, they don’t have a lot of extra money.”

 

So what you're saying is they don't have the recommended supplies for any other type of disaster either.  I dunno maybe something for earthquakes or winter storms????

Also this. Some of my family live in the effected areas, but are well positioned to weather much worse. Their power was out for much longer than 5 days during one of the past fires and it didn't phase them. Didn't even spoil the milk in the fridge. I have plans to take my kids up to visit them, and unless stuff goes full Mad-Max, that hasn't changed. According to the kids "It'll be like camping!" I will probably be rolling a little heavier than usual, however.

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Look, PG&E has been shitcanning or pencil-whipping maintenance for decades, but also the voters have allowed the Greenies and the FEDS to prevent us from doing controlled burns in April because the spot-bellied butterfly only has 500k left in the wild.  California started it's downward slide in the 1970's -80's when Jerry Brown was first governor.  Now that we have NO republican party influence and Dem majorities in both houses along with Gavin Newscum as Governor, everything is someone else's fault.  PG&E is not blameless in this, but the conditions that brought us here are not all PG&E's doing.  Actions have consequences and I hope that a bunch of Californians get it good and hard this week.  It might snap a few of them out of the liberalthink that has caused this.  Nah, who am I kidding?

The hummityhum of the gas powered generator, along with the cold fridge, frozen freezer, and living room lights is warming the recesses of my cold, dark heart. 

The other residents of my state are getting what they keep demanding.

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Nice and comfy here.  

I love it they complain that PG&E are cutting too many trees that is until the winds start to blow then they did not cut enough.  

 

Well I would imagine some of the local city dwellers may be just a little anxious......

What you are turning off by electricity???? You mean the light won't go on? How can you, how am I going to play my video games? How am I going to order my lunch or dinner if the power is out, I'm not going to be able to eat.  Will Uber Eats still deliver if the power is out? Oh I guess I'm good with water I have my one bottle filled! I should have filled up my car but I can't now because I keep pushing the button and the garage door won't open.  If I don't show up for work they will still have to pay me won't they???

O boy the Junior College has stress dogs at the library to help me cope........but my car is stuck in the garage, oh no......... I'm tired I think I will just go back to bed............

Life can be good.........for those who are ready!

Having lived through blackouts, storms etc. with family who were old school & knew enough what to do if ever something went sideways, we always were prepared even before it was "cool" .  It astounds me today how many people are warned waaay ahead of time of impending potential disasters and do fucking zero to prepare. Plus the the tremendous amount of  resources for someone to prepare for the worst are astounding ! Hell, I was a littleguy during the great NYC blackout in the '70s, my dad was getting my sister from Amtrack/Penn Station, my mom & grand parents were home w/me that night. BAM, lights out!! Grand pops secured the women & children and went to see "WTF" . Neighbors ventured out to see what was up and what we could do to get past this. Every one came together and helped each other giving candles, batteries etc to those who didnt have enough. Our neighbor, who was a practicing Jew ,took out there menorah to use for light at the communal tables  set up in front of a few homes! Some of the older, more "astute" men locked & loaded but kept the gats hidden from view.  No one knew it was coming but no panic or issues in our neighborhood. Of course in other areas its the "Five Finger Discout Sale" and " Looter Olympics". My old man made it back by slowing down, thinking clearly and being positively alert at all times while driving home.  Its sad to think alot of folks have lost common sense and  ability to cope w/ things that dont occur every day.

https://www.foxbusiness[daught]com/markets/pacific-gas-and-electric-company-bankruptcy-judge-ruling

PG&E crashes after bankruptcy judge ruling

Pacific Gas & Electric's reorganization suffered a setback at the hands of a U.S. bankruptcy judge.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali ruled on Wednesday evening the California utility company doesn’t have the ability to solely control its reorganization, sending shares plunging to their lowest level since January.

     
     

Montali said that a plan developed by bondholders, led by the hedge fund Elliott Management and supported by California citizens with claims against the utility for damage caused by the wildfire, should be considered.

PG&E did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.

PG&E in January filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to liabilities stemming from wildfires in Northern California in 2017 and 2018.

Montali’s ruling comes as PG&E began shutting off power to 800,000 customers in northern and central California in an effort to avert more wildfires. About 2 million Californians in total will be impacted by the blackouts.

PG&E shares have lost more than 75 percent of their value since Nov. 8, when the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history broke out. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection found that PG&E was responsible for that wildfire, and others. Last month, the utility reached an $11 billion settlement for claims tied to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

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Well, maybe my nephew in Vacaville will get some time off from work if the power is out. 

Not sure how, but hopefully. 

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https://www.foxbusiness[daught]com/markets/pacific-gas-and-electric-company-bankruptcy-judge-ruling

PG&E crashes after bankruptcy judge ruling

Pacific Gas & Electric's reorganization suffered a setback at the hands of a U.S. bankruptcy judge.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali ruled on Wednesday evening the California utility company doesn’t have the ability to solely control its reorganization, sending shares plunging to their lowest level since January.

     
     

Montali said that a plan developed by bondholders, led by the hedge fund Elliott Management and supported by California citizens with claims against the utility for damage caused by the wildfire, should be considered.

PG&E did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.

PG&E in January filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to liabilities stemming from wildfires in Northern California in 2017 and 2018.

Montali’s ruling comes as PG&E began shutting off power to 800,000 customers in northern and central California in an effort to avert more wildfires. About 2 million Californians in total will be impacted by the blackouts.

PG&E shares have lost more than 75 percent of their value since Nov. 8, when the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history broke out. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection found that PG&E was responsible for that wildfire, and others. Last month, the utility reached an $11 billion settlement for claims tied to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

[sniff] I smell a bail out. Or a "nationalization" of the utility...

 

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China is in the mix to take over PG&E.

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When thinking about all the NorCal liberals who’s electric cars are useless without the power grid that ultimately relies on fossil fuels I picture a Tesla or Prius driving down the street with a gas powered generator strapped to the roof. 
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The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
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from complacency to apathy;
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My backup generator arrived, and the electrical elves are working as I type.  It's 8.5 kw, so not for the whole house. I have to judiciously pick 12 circuits that will automatically switch over. I am powering the well, the septic/alarm, my internet closet (with POE switch that runs the Wifi access points and cameras), fridge/chest freezer, the circuit that turns our gas fireplace on/off, and limited lights in the kitchen area.

I'm going to talk to the plumbing guy about the easiest solution to switch over to propane in a situation where both electric and natural gas are down. Seismic is our main natural hazard. 

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PG&E problems are based in its leadership and management.  

 

Until the mid-1990's, PG&E's management and corporate executives were career electrical professionals who understood how things work in a gigantic electrical  grid.  During the corporate wars of the mid-90's, wonks wearing business suits took over management of the company and emphasized profit over safety.   Moonbeam  and Hair Gel also interfered by trying to legislate compliance and set goals for electrical performance that are not possible.   After the Paradise Fire and  the $17 BILLION fine PG&E filed for bankruptcy.   The wailing and gnashing of teeth was epic.  The power grid  shutdowns are a corporate wonk solution to a real issue, basically, PMCS, repair and replace as needed and trim the trees on 27,000 miles of power transmission lines.

 

 

 

 

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Maskirovka posted:

My backup generator arrived, and the electrical elves are working as I type.  It's 8.5 kw, so not for the whole house. I have to judiciously pick 12 circuits that will automatically switch over. I am powering the well, the septic/alarm, my internet closet (with POE switch that runs the Wifi access points and cameras), fridge/chest freezer, the circuit that turns our gas fireplace on/off, and limited lights in the kitchen area.

I'm going to talk to the plumbing guy about the easiest solution to switch over to propane in a situation where both electric and natural gas are down. Seismic is our main natural hazard. 

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You must be one o' them crazy right-wing survivalist nuts!

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