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When Power Company Shuts down due to Fire Risk
#11
What a debacle.   A million people had power shutoff.  The CA governor blasted PGE (the power company), many people 'very upset', significant health risks due to medical equipment not running. 

Saw this today, it could go on for many years...      


Full article - https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/19/us/pge-po...index.html
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#12
Another shutdown is imminent - causing *huge* issues.   Anecdotally, it looks like this is a poorly run west coast power company (PGE) rather than a general technical issue (i.e. transmission lines thru dry forrest) since I don't see any reports of problems like this from other parts of the country or world.    


I lived in San Jose 20yrs (so I can sympathize) but currently live near the red dot in the top of the picture (southern Oregon) that says "Active Fires" so I'm near but thankfully we have a different power company that seems to be better off Smile
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(10-26-2019, 02:11 PM)OffGridInTheCity Wrote: Another shutdown is imminent - causing *huge* issues.   Anecdotally, it looks like this is a poorly run west coast power company (PGE) rather than a general technical issue (i.e. transmission lines thru dry forrest) since I don't see any reports of problems like this from other parts of the country or world.    

I imagine there will be plenty of shutdowns over the next several years, sadly.
I would agree on the poorly run, part. From what I've read/heard, they've asked for government bailout more than once, and have tried to raise power prices several times as well. Looks to me like they have spread themselves way to far and now they can't keep up with the infrastructure.
There was an article that stated that their power lines have been poorly maintained and this was what was causing the dropped lines. I suppose this could be true. Here in Fl the lines are replaced on a fairly regular basis. In fact, they've been systematically going through and upgrading the wire to a heavier gauge. I only speak primarily of Clay Electric, but they are a not-for-profit power company. If they can afford to go out and fix the lines, then I know the rest of the state are doing the same thing.
This doesn't seem like a huge issue at the forefront, however, during hurricane season, we can see winds in excess of 150mph on the shores, and up to 100mph on the mainland. How high are the winds getting in Cali??? From the articles, it's the winds knocking the lines down, not trees. Wonder how many rusted bolts are holding the lines up.
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#14
Fuck....100MPH, its 160km an hour, at most we see over the big water here is 130 km an hour..terrible.
Good luck to you all....160mph......dam......
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#15
Should be like it is in Sweden where power companies have to pay when its outages. This was the case 10 years back when we had a MAJOR hurricane causing many being without out power for months. My paretns only had 6 weeks or so....
They now have burried many lines in Sweden and doing more and more for each day that goes past.
We hardly have any issues anymore now.
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(10-26-2019, 04:53 PM)100kwh-hunter Wrote: Fuck....100MPH, its 160km an hour, at most we see over the big water here is 130 km an hour..terrible.
Good luck to you all....160mph......dam......

LOL Yeah, hurricanes/cyclones are no joke. Tornadoes are bad too, but on a whole different level.

Just to be clear, we only get those high winds a few times a year at most. Most of the time hurricane winds on the coast are lower than that. But when a Category 4 or 5 hurricane comes kissing the beach, we get those winds. Inland is gusts, not sustained like on the coast.
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#17
I thought it was all to do with a lack of line clearance cutting back away trees from all the lines. winds causing the branches to get close enough for a flashover.


When it is wet they can just burn them back by re-closing the circuit after a ground fault (tree getting it's branches burnt off)

Basic lack of maintenance over the years.....
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