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  •  Ice storms are the worst (8+ / 0-)

    North of me, an ice storm simply devastated a huge area for weeks. I am so sorry you are going through this.

    As long as electrical lines are above ground, ice storms will devastate them. And then the utilities have to confront horrible choices.  They want to get power back to the greatest amount of customers quickly.  Those on a grid that are in rural areas, where distance means repair takes longer, and customers are fewer, are last on the list.

    But utilities are consolidating, which makes service far worse.  My utility is now National Grid (which we call National Greed).  My sister loses power routinely, because they simply won't put money into long term repair.  It's enough to get people into the idea of using torches and pitchforks.

    We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

    by Mary Julia on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 06:58:20 AM PST

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    •  Our electric is run by the city (1+ / 0-)
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      and they handle maintenance of the lines, as well as own a small power plant (which isn't used often, they usually just buy power from the grid). There are a few other small power plants that are privately owned/run (my son works for one of them).

      Our rates are reasonable, and we rarely lose power. When we do, it's very rarely for more than a few hours.

      City council has to approve rate increases, and they don't happen without a lot of angst - and good reasons. They make sure that the electrical dept. is well manned, and that power lines are maintained, because they get the complaints.

      It seems to work well...

      •  My hometown also owns its utility (1+ / 0-)
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        and our service was always excellent, with outages only in truly wild weather (occasional ice storms being one of those). Very reasonable cost too. And in keeping with the theme of this diary, it had a link to Roosevelt's stimulus programme as the power itself came from the dams built as part of the TVA, and later from a nuclear plant that was located there as a result of the cheap power from the dams and an industrial park also constructed as part of the TVA project.

        BTW, speaking of outages--here in the UK, we have been told that coming years will bring them on a regular basis (unless we want to build a lot more coal-fired power plants or nuclear plants).

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        "We never sold out cos no one would buy."--J Neo Marvin

        by expatyank on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 07:35:05 AM PST

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