Prepare for brown outs!

Good news for people who hate fans, air conditioning, traffic lights, and electricity in general:

The state’s power grid operator California Independent System Operator said the likelihood of going to a Stage 3 power emergency is 10 percent compared to 3 percent last year. In Stage 3 emergencies, power is cut to certain customers to prevent collapse of the power system. [NBC San Diego]

On the bright side, these brown outs always give everyone a taste of what post-earthquake life could be like. They also add to the immediate need and practicality of having a fully stocked “earthquake kit” with candles, flashlights, water, etc.

8 Replies to “Prepare for brown outs!”

  1. Oh great. As long as they do it between 10-4 here on my beach days it won’t matter me one wit.

    Life would be so much easier if people would a)insulate their damn homes, especially the attics bringing them to current requirements, b)learn to live with 78 and 70 we’d be a lot better off. Another idea or two. Get a prgrammable thermostat and have it set for 80 or higher for the period you are gone each day. Use a ceiling fan in the room you are in to keep the air moving and feel cooler without dropping the actual temp.

    Too bad those of us doing those things can’t be rewarded with keeping our power on for being proactive with energy conservation in the first place.

  2. what post-earthquake life could be like

    I don’t need a reminder; I lived through the Northridge quake. Hey, Markland, if you ever wanna read a great short novel about the aftermath of THE BIG ONE in L.A., find Rudy Wurlitzer’s novella Quake. Kinda hard to find as its been out of print for awhile.

  3. Dunno, Rodger. I was here during Northridge as well, and I think a powerless Los Angeles would be much worse off today than it was. We’ve become even more relient on communication systems that rely on electricity – internet and cell phones mainly. Fewer people have landlines, and many that do only have cordless handsets.

    Thans Rocketdye and Doran for the sites!

  4. We’ve become even more relient on communication systems that rely on electricity – internet and cell phones mainly. Fewer people have landlines, and many that do only have cordless handsets.

    Good point, Markland. I didn’t take that into consideration.

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