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Rolling Blackout on our power grid today.

Here is the latest. Our area, our immediate block was no. 6 on the Oncor outage map. Power went out for 15 minutes. We had to restore power at the breaker box. This was reported to Oncor already.

Surely it was an issue on their end. I called my brother, who lives just a block down the road. His power was turned off as well. Usually if there is a problem with a transformer being damaged from an auto accident or lightening strike or high winds causing power to stop from a downed or disabled power transformer on the line resulting in a wide area along that power line to go black.

This was not the same. Oncor had a map that indicated our area was no. 6 and that no more than 5 customers were affected by the blackout. Likely this was a rolling blackout. Customers are informed to only use the electrical appliances and lights that are absolutely necessary for household use and that they do sometimes shut down power in certain sections to keep the power grid from shutting down in larger areas of the county.

When power goes out we tend to assume the worst.

My main concern has always been the possible likelihood that squirrels in the attic, chewing on electric lines could potentially cause a serious electrical fire from their behavior from having gained access from the roof. We take measures to minimize access to our home from squirrels but they can be very resourceful at times.

But today, squirrels in the attic were not the issue .

The Oncor company that supplies large portions of Texas with power from the Texas Grid System is always totally aware of everything that goes on everywhere on the grid map. Our immediate location is no. 6 today. The power outage report indicated power would be out by no later than 9:30 AM but we restored power on our own, by simply flipping all 4 breakers on the panel in the closet of the back bedroom and then one by one, tripping the breaker back on until all 4 switches were back in their ON position.

RESETTING CLOCKS AND SOUND AND TIME SETTINGS ON THE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

I reset all of the audio and unit specific settings on the stereo amplifier that serves the TV, VCR, DVD, DVR, stereo radio, and television sound properties to analog sound - 6 channels and I had to reset the parameters for the Dolby surround sound for the correct volume levels. The clocks all had to be reset, except for the wall clock which only runs on a single double A Duracell alkaline battery. It keeps time for over a year without being replaced.

CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE - possible rolling blackouts this summer - POWER GRID PERFORMANCE

My main concern for our Texas power grid is the fact that this summer will be hotter than ever and everyone depends on electricity to power their cooling systems and their basic electrical needs. I can expect more power outages, rolling blackouts, brownouts and long term power outages in areas of the city of Dallas, TX especially in the developing suburbs that surround the area. More people are moving in to Dallas from all over the country to find a better place to live that provides a good climate. Compared to the Northeast, with temperatures these past few months plummeting downward, many residents in New York and other cities hardest hit by the record cold conditions this past winter may be inclined to move farther south to seek milder weather conditions for their families.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE TEXAS POWER GRID WILL FACE FUTURE CHALLENGES BASED ON THE POWER DEMANDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS and may require new construction to meet the needs of a fast growing population.

READ MORE from a PDF document about MEETING FUTURE ENERGY NEEDS from the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute TCCRI


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Comments

MegL wrote on May 16, 2018, 10:08 AM

Are you thinking of providing your own electricity, maybe via solar panels?

lookatdesktop wrote on May 16, 2018, 10:51 AM

I am in fact, thinking along those lines.

VinceSummers wrote on May 16, 2018, 11:06 AM

Would it improve matters if you were not living in or near a city, or would it make no difference?

Kasman wrote on May 16, 2018, 5:15 PM

I doubt it would make much difference. The entire world is struggling to maintain electrical power supplies and this type of situation will only get worse unless we come up with a radical new way of generating electricity on a mass scale. Individual wind turbines and solar panels powering one or two properties or community power stations supplying a small neighbourhood or even a single city block would be a reasonable stopgap measure until we figure out what's the best way to go.