Sunday, December 25, 2016

Power Outages In County

It looks so far as if that big electromagnetic pulse, or whatever it was, from the sun hasn't caused any major problems. That's a good thing or else I'd have nothing to do right now. The Lost Coast Outpost, however, reports power outages in Arcata and Garberville- causes unknown, but doubtful it's from the sun. If nothing else, I can be glad that at least some people's Christmas has been ruined, if only temporarily.

2 Comments:

At 3:26 PM, Blogger sky hammer said...

Here in S. Humboldt we have more power outages than we had in the 50's-80's.
Last year, we have 37 outages. I don't count the many we have that last less than an hour.
Our outages don't last as long as they used to, we had many in the the last 40 years that lasted 1-3 weeks.
What is worse than the power outage, is the frequent low voltage problems we have.
Rarely a week goes by when my power supplies low voltage alarm goes off.
In the last 10 years, PG&E has bought me 4 refrigerators and 2 freezers because of low voltage damage.
PG&E's equipment is old and the breakers on the poles rarely trip anymore.
On top of that, the State has increased our rates more than triple in the last few years.
At my other house in Central Oregon, I pay 7-8 cents KW and they complain about their high rates.
Now my rate here starts at about 35 cents a KW and goes up from their.
Our baseline has been reduced so much that in 2 days of frugal use I am over the baseline.
Not only that, it is nearly impossible to get a new meter in the rural parts of the County.
It took me nine months, several appeals and intervention of the BOS to get a meter installed in my new barn.
It also took another 9 months to get a permit to build a new barn after my 100 year old barn finally collapsed.
I have 5 meters on my ranch. PG&E keeps trying to get me to remove them. Meters in rural S. Humboldt add to your property value.
We only have one 3 man PG&E crew in Garberville, we used to have 6. Now we have wait as crews come from Eureka or farther South.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

Meter problem is because they assume you are creating a living unit and gubbamint /utilities will run you through the cow trough.

A reason why there are more problems is profits.......Spending more on infrastructure lowers profit, just ask any crude oil pipeline owner....They'll let the shit piping pop leaks all over the earth before they address proper maintenance.....

Of course, page is quick in urban areas where masses of people will tear at the fabric of the PGE model of business that "rips off Peter to subsidize Paul and gouging profits to make up for Paul being subsidized"

 

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