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Re: Summary: Bay Area Power (2000-06-14)
From: Danny McPherson <danny () tcb net>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 17:01:57 -0600

I believe they're more so the result of "brown outs" as the power companies 
attempt to "proactively" deal with extremely high loads.  Given your message, 
I guess it does make sense for the power companies to first inconvenience 
business customers that 1) use a substantial amount of resources and 2) 
already have alternative method of supporting themselves.

Of course, I'd guess there's considerable ground for objection to this model.


In a conversation with an MFS engineer today I mentioned the problems
in the Bay area.  He previously worked for SNET (Southern New
England Telephone, now part of SBC) for many years and said it was
standard practice for them to disconnect COs from the grid and run
off generator power for hours or even a day or two during the
summer season.

I was under the impression that these power shortages were the
result of less over-engineering on the part of power companies due
to deregulation but maybe this isn't such a new situation after all?

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