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August 10, 2013

We saw a darkness: A decade ago this week, the largest power grid failure in U.S. history—affecting 55 million people throughout the Northeast United States and Ontario—took place. A number of major cities, including New York City, Newark, Detroit and Toronto, lost full power, but a few NYC-based newscasts, such as this NBC News production above, went on using backup generators. Remember this blackout? Let us know how you made it through without power.

23:43 // 1 year ago
March 3, 2013

New Orleans residents face potential water-contamination issues after power outage

  • 300k New Orleans residents have to boil their water as a result of a power outage that affected a nearby water-treatment plant, lowering water pressure for millions and leaving officials concerned that there may be water-contamination issues. It will take at least a day to figure out if the water was in fact contaminated. source
14:02 // 1 year ago
February 3, 2013
inothernews:

A tale of three Tweets: the power company providing electricity to the Super Dome very proud of the job they did (bottom); the power company blaming the Super Dome and/or the NFL (middle); and oh, maybe we should stop trying to place blame and fix this fucking problem instead (top).

Everyone knows that Ray Lewis sacked that transformer in an effort to extend his career.

inothernews:

A tale of three Tweets: the power company providing electricity to the Super Dome very proud of the job they did (bottom); the power company blaming the Super Dome and/or the NFL (middle); and oh, maybe we should stop trying to place blame and fix this fucking problem instead (top).

Everyone knows that Ray Lewis sacked that transformer in an effort to extend his career.

21:13 // 1 year ago
November 3, 2012

Update: The slow recovery from Sandy — including power outages

  • 80% of the NYC subway system is working again, and Manhattan is reconnected with Brooklyn and Queens once more.
  • 5,800 Manhattan residents are still without power, though many residents regained power yesterday afternoon.
  • 2.4M other people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut still were waiting to get their power turned back on, but this number was declining. source
13:33 // 1 year ago
November 2, 2012

Welcome back, NYC power.

pbump:

The reaction on the Lower East Side when power came back on.

Via @thecultureofme

Based on the way Twitter reacted to the power returning, you got the feeling that this was happening all over NYC today. Glad to see this.

23:04 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012
shortformblog:

Let’s be honest with ourselves, residents of DC: We’re kind of jerks to one another when the power’s out in our homes and we have to go to coffee shops just to charge our laptops and cell phones. (It’s understandable, just sort of weirdly cutthroat.) I’ve personally seen this dynamic at half a dozen places today, including a Barnes & Noble full of people laying on the floor trying to keep their laptops charged while their power was out. It doesn’t have to be like this though. Want to make friends today? Bring a power strip with you to Panera. (photo by edkohler) — Ernie @ SFB

We wrote this a few months ago due to another power outage, but this seems pretty relevant today — especially for those in NYC trying to latch onto some form of wifi.

shortformblog:

Let’s be honest with ourselves, residents of DC: We’re kind of jerks to one another when the power’s out in our homes and we have to go to coffee shops just to charge our laptops and cell phones. (It’s understandable, just sort of weirdly cutthroat.) I’ve personally seen this dynamic at half a dozen places today, including a Barnes & Noble full of people laying on the floor trying to keep their laptops charged while their power was out. It doesn’t have to be like this though. Want to make friends today? Bring a power strip with you to Panera. (photo by edkohler— Ernie @ SFB

We wrote this a few months ago due to another power outage, but this seems pretty relevant today — especially for those in NYC trying to latch onto some form of wifi.

13:48 // 1 year ago
August 1, 2012

Three reasons why India’s power supply is so susceptible to failure

  • 27% of the power distributed on the network is lost through wire dissipation or theft
  • 1951 the year India started tracking capacity addition targets; they haven’t hit a single one
  • 1 in 4 the number of people in India — about 300 million — who aren’t on the power grid at all source

» A big country that’s hard to keep wired: Even before the power outage that turned off the lights off in half of India, the country had power and capacity problems, leading Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to push for $400 billion in capacity improvements over the next five years. Another issue at play? High demand. The way that states pay for electricity in India is that they buy energy a day before, and are penalized if they use more than allotted — and some of the states affected by the power outages had excessive draw downs, which led to the power outages.

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7:51 // 2 years ago
July 31, 2012

Another day, another outage: India befallen again by shaky power grid

  • 370 million the number of people who lost power in Monday’s outage in India
  • 670 million the number of people who lost power in Tuesday’s outage source

» That’s half the country: Another huge chunk of India’s 1.2 billion people are working without power today after grids in more than a dozen states broke down. ”This is the second day that something like this has happened. I’ve given instructions that whoever overdraws power will be punished,” said Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is trying to restore essential services such as mass transit.

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7:13 // 2 years ago
July 30, 2012

Massive Northern India power outage: Hundreds of millions fall off the grid

  • 370 million people without power in India in a blackout source

» Bigger than the entire U.S. and Canada population, combined: Northern India’s power grid apparently couldn’t handle all the people on it, so down it went early Monday morning. While roughly 60 percent of power has been restored, fans and air conditioners stopped working in 90-degree heat, and the city of New Delhi basically went dark. On the other hand, the annoyance wasn’t one that Indian residents had never experienced before — the country has fairly regular power outages, and backup generators are a way of life for hospitals and businesses.

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7:04 // 2 years ago
June 30, 2012
Let’s be honest with ourselves, residents of DC: We’re kind of jerks to one another when the power’s out in our homes and we have to go to coffee shops just to charge our laptops and cell phones. (It’s understandable, just sort of weirdly cutthroat.) I’ve personally seen this dynamic at half a dozen places today, including a Barnes & Noble full of people laying on the floor trying to keep their laptops charged while their power was out. It doesn’t have to be like this though. Want to make friends today? Bring a power strip with you to Panera. (photo by edkohler) — Ernie @ SFB

Let’s be honest with ourselves, residents of DC: We’re kind of jerks to one another when the power’s out in our homes and we have to go to coffee shops just to charge our laptops and cell phones. (It’s understandable, just sort of weirdly cutthroat.) I’ve personally seen this dynamic at half a dozen places today, including a Barnes & Noble full of people laying on the floor trying to keep their laptops charged while their power was out. It doesn’t have to be like this though. Want to make friends today? Bring a power strip with you to Panera. (photo by edkohler— Ernie @ SFB

19:34 // 2 years ago