Saturday, April 4, 2015

Massive Power Black Out Scenarios

The threat is real: Massive and Extended Power Black-outs Can Happen


Massive power outages can happen. (Photo Credits: “Blackout” by Alec Perkins, cc: Some Rights Reserved)

Although temporary, losing power or electricity in the house is one of the biggest hassles for homeowners. Massive blackouts though are a different matter, as it is widespread and it happens for an extended period of time.

In Bangladesh for example, reported a nationwide total blackout when their power grid collapsed. “Imagine what happens when electricity is cut off nationwide in a country of 160 million people. In Bangladesh, everyday life was brought to a standstill on Saturday as factories, hospitals, and homes plunged into darkness or had to rely on generators.”

Read the whole story here, to find out that the threat is real: massive and extended power black-outs can happen.

Failure in transporting electricity via transmission lines was the reported culprit of this black-out. It has been known as one of the world’s worst in recent history.

Projections and Preparations are Being Done

In response to these, some countries have said that projections and preparations are being done with regard to possible massive blackout scenarios in their respective nations.

In the United States for instance, the bitter winter last year caused fears of massive blackouts. in this report, says the winter will push a high energy demand that might use up back up energy reserves. “Most of those coal-fired power plants are owned by American Electric Power (AEP), the country’s biggest owner of coal-burning power plants. AEP is being forced to close down almost a quarter of its coal-fired generating plants over the next 10 months.”

But do people know what to do in case of massive power black outs?

In South Africa, the government has laid out an intricate plan to respond to massive power outages specifically a possible power grid collapse.

Mybroadband reports that doomsday plans are now in place. “South Africa’s top leaders will also be moved to safety. Reuters reported that president Jacob Zuma and his cabinet would be taken to a secret location if a blackout occurred.”

Read the whole story here.

In the face of these possible scenarios, homeowners are told to prepare themselves and their families. Find a San Diego Electrician Here. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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