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(PennLive)   Hey, an electric company is planning a scheduled outage overnight when temperatures are near sub-zero, what's the worst that can happen?   (pennlive.com) divider line 20
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2013-01-22 09:01:23 PM
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Also, it's not like a stupid rolling blackout for the hell of it, they need to shut stuff down for a bit so they can replace a broken part. Since they said 4 hours it will probably take only 2 so then everyone will say, "wow! That was fast!"
2013-01-22 09:05:26 PM
3 votes:
In my house, the daytime setpoint is 68F and the nighttime setpoint is 60F during cold months. Temperature switches automatically at 11PM and 6:45AM with my fancypants Honeywell thermostat.

I wake up at 6:45 and the temperature usually is 62 or thereabouts with an outside temperature of 20F. Temperature equilibrium is logarithmic- that is, the closer the inside gets to the outside temperature, the longer it is going to take for the temperature to drop another 1degree. If your house gets dangerously cold in less than 24 hours there is probably nothing between the walls and the windows are open.
2013-01-22 08:55:10 PM
3 votes:
Throw on an extra blanket when you go to bed and shut up. People go without power for more than 4 hours quite often in the winter when snowstorms bring down power line deal with it.
2013-01-22 08:54:42 PM
3 votes:
Your house shouldn't freeze THAT quickly. If it does, you're probably paying a fortune to heat it and you should invest in insulation. Put on a sweater.
2013-01-22 10:25:23 PM
2 votes:

Smeggy Smurf: People with temperature sensitive critters like lizards are going to be lining up to sue the shiat out of the power company if the critters die. Especially people who paid thousands for a single herp. Old people that die of the cold are also going to make their families wealthy from the suits.

Personally I think that every time something like this happens the CEO and every exec of the power company need to be taken out and hung. The next batch of execs will make damned sure the power stays on.


I think the company has it covered. They let people know ahead of time. About sensitive critters:

FTA: Take precaution with pets. Make sure they have somewhere safe to stay.

Also relating to old people:

FTA: Make arrangements to stay elsewhere overnight: with friends, family or in a hotel.
If you plan to stay home, have extra blankets and warm clothing readily available.


I'd rather have a utility company identify a problem and fix it ASAP rather than letting it go which would likely cause a bigger problem done the road.

The emphasis is mine.
2013-01-22 09:14:52 PM
2 votes:

theMightyRegeya: "an emergency outage scheduled by Met-Ed."

Emergency...scheduled...hm...


That's how redundancy works sometimes. Our backup system is holding, but it's at capacity so we need to bring it down at a predetermined time to fix everything. Happens all the time.
2013-01-22 09:11:24 PM
2 votes:
I wish when my electric was off I knew when it would come back on so I could either sleep tight or find a warm place.
2013-01-22 09:11:22 PM
2 votes:

FizixJunkee: They can't do this during the [warmer] day when most people are at school or work, or when seniors can get to out of the house and to someplace warm?


you mean when schoolds and businesses want to be open and street lights should be working?
2013-01-22 09:05:00 PM
2 votes:
what's the worst that can happen?

They ignore the problem and end up with a much longer, unplanned outage.
2013-01-22 09:01:32 PM
2 votes:

FizixJunkee: They can't do this during the [warmer] day when most people are at school or work,


The schools are probably reliant on the same switch. I would guess they are doing this at nights specifically so people can go to work and school the next day.
2013-01-22 08:57:58 PM
2 votes:

FizixJunkee: They can't do this during the [warmer] day when most people are at school or work, or when seniors can get to out of the house and to someplace warm?


Well, it says that it is an emergency. Some switches failed this morning, and they probably have them jumped, but they have to take the mains off the line... it's the radiation.
2013-01-23 12:58:59 AM
1 votes:
O noes! Four hours, how will they handle it?

I won't tell them about the WEEK I was without gas in near-zero temperatures, when I lived in a double-wide. Yeah, that one was a lot of fun. Wear lots of extra clothes and build a fire you whiny biatches.
2013-01-22 09:34:06 PM
1 votes:
People lived without electricity for millions of years. These people will live for 4 hours.
2013-01-22 09:14:52 PM
1 votes:
Adding an 'R' turns an outage into an outrage! Thanks, Letterman!
2013-01-22 09:08:58 PM
1 votes:
near zero is cold, but near sub-zero is deliciously cold.
2013-01-22 09:07:01 PM
1 votes:
They should stick to planning unscheduled outages.
2013-01-22 09:06:22 PM
1 votes:
Hey, you guys!

You don't need power, do you?
2013-01-22 09:04:25 PM
1 votes:

gadian: Your house shouldn't freeze THAT quickly. If it does, you're probably paying a fortune to heat it and you should invest in insulation. Put on a sweater.


^ This..
2013-01-22 09:04:19 PM
1 votes:
it's 4 hours, so people who live in tin shacks are gonna get cold. people with poorly insulated houses might want to wear something warm to bed, or at least throw on another blanket. the worst that could happen? someone will wear an ugly sweater. at least they won't have to wear it outside.
2013-01-22 09:01:02 PM
1 votes:
"an emergency outage scheduled by Met-Ed."

Emergency...scheduled...hm...
 
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