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Re: East Coast outage?
From: Iljitsch van Beijnum <iljitsch () muada com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2003 00:25:14 +0200
On vrijdag, aug 15, 2003, at 23:58 Europe/Amsterdam, alex () yuriev com
Amount of energy generated must be balanced with the amount of energy
at any time. Otherwise Bad Things (tm) will happen. The shutown of the
grid is a very good thing compared to what it would have been had it
It seems to me that the power guys are still living somewhere in the
last century. Is it really impossible to absorb power spikes? We can go
from utility to battery or the other way around in milliseconds, so it
should be possible to activate something that can absorb a short spike
much the same way. Balancing intermediate-term generation/usage
mismatches should be possible by simply communicating with users. There
is lots of stuff out there that switches on and off periodically (all
kinds of cooling systems, battery charging, lights), so let it switch
on or off for a few minutes when the power network needs it to.
I think the idea that the power should be always present and always
reliable is actually harmful, as it doesn't provide for any "congestion
contnrol" by bringing the users into the loop.