Skip to comments.Electricity Shortage Causes Blackouts Across Europe
Posted on 11/05/2006 11:08:21 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
BERLIN A shortage of electricity in Europe's power grid caused blackouts across the continent, halting trains, trapping people in lifts and plunging millions of homes into darkness.
Swathes of Germany and France were badly hit by the cuts late Saturday. Austria, Belgium, Italy and Spain were also affected.
A spokesman for German power company RWE AG said a shortfall in supplies to the European power grid caused many substations to shutdown automatically.
It was not immediately clear what caused the shortage.
Areas of western Germany were without power for a half-hour, delaying scores of trains for up to two hours, Deutsche Bahn spokesman Achim Stauss said.
Officials said thousands of worried citizens overwhelmed emergency services with telephone calls.
In France, about 5 million people were left without electricity, including many in the capital, Paris. In all, about 15 French regions were affected, firefighters said.
France Info radio quoted French power utility Electricite de France as saying that about 5 million people were still without power early Sunday, and that it was not sure when it would be able to bring consumers back online.
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Ah, that superior Europe that the Democrats so love has struck again!
Incidentally, I wonder if we'll ever see a headline saying "Radical Muslim Shortage Causes Peace Across Europe."
North Korea hasn't had an outage in years.
Do we know the exact location of Gray Davis? And- How long until Bush is blamed?
"The private German power utility E-ON says reports of cuts began after it shut down a high voltage line in the northwest of the country. A company spokesman said the line over the river Ems was shut down so a Norwegian cruise ship was able to pass through safely.
This is almost as good as that squirrel in Ohio, whose electrocution in the summer of 2005 led to a blackout of the Northeast.
You must enact the Kyoto Protocol!
There was a time when the All-Electric House was being advertised, heavily advertised. Even in Fairbanks. Then one day it was 60 below and the power went out. For three days. Some ultra-modern houses were vacated. Haven't heard much advertising lately for the All-Electric House around here.
Or price controls, perhaps?
All electric house in a cold environment without a reliable backup power supply--sometimes I just have to laugh at people who consider themselves "engineers".
Greens--Socialist--all cut of the same fabric...all lead to the same results.
Europeans have their eyes squeezed shut and their fingers in their ears. They are determined to repeat the past.
Believe it or not there are still some all-electric residences being built even now. The City of Fairbanks went so far as to pass an ordinance restricting use of wood stoves. It wasn't 15 below that day, but it is today. I like all-electric, but I have a fall-back wood stove just in case, and candles ready to go. Sometimes when it is 20 below or colder, and it still gets down to 50-60 below Global Warming or not, I run the wood stove anyway. But I wonder who will come shivering to my door when the power goes out for a few days again. Even a few hours would do it for some, and that includes those on oil heat. Oil doesn't work without electricity, which means that all my neighbors will come shivering to my door because there is not a wood stove or fireplace in any of their cabins.
Am also grown skeptical of any kind of public service advertising, which is just a step above eyesight remedies.
And just two steps above gold futures.
They don't let you burn wood in Fairbanks!?
That's one thing I like about the old, oil drip stoves. They don't need electricity. There's a new one out that doesn't need electricity either, but I can't remember the name of it. I can't believe there are Alaskans who don't have a back-up heating system for when the power goes out.
Let 'em in. All that body warmth will accentuate the heat coming from your stove.
Ha ha! The idiots aren't putting enough smoke in their wires.
No. Well, only when there isn't an inversion, but the inversion is when it is cold. So Catch-22 on us.
Old electronic theory: there is smoke and noise in all electrical circuits. If you cause the smoke and noise to escape, the circuit no longer functions.
The oil-drip requires constant attention or it will get away from you. Very dangerous even when everybody is paying attention. Wood is best, although wood and coal combination is also excellent if more of a problem. Nobody on my street has a wood stove except me, but they are all rental units. Wherever Alaska is, it isn't on this street anymore.
Panic over loss of power for 30 minutes? Around here, people that need electricity (hospital, ill homebound etc have back up generators). Wonder what they would do if they were without power for 2 weeks?
They are all either Green Party or Democrats. There is no warmth to them at all. Just cold sneers.
I think you have to have an "inage" before you can have an "outage."
The old theories are the best.
Hmmm, hasn't it occured to anyone that elections are powered by smoke and noise in the presswires?
Wasn't so long ago that the whole northeastern part of the USA was down. Grid-based power systems can do that. Don't be so sure it won't happen again here.
It did and people handled it fine.
Knock on wood, we've been lucky. When we lived north of the circle, we used an oil-drip stove, and firewood when we could get it. Where we live now, we use an oil-drip in our workshop. I usually turn it off during the day and build a fire in the big barrel stove out there, and re-light it at night. The new drip stoves are supposed to be much safer. I sure wish I could remember the name...maybe it was Deville? For our house we heat with wood, but we also have an oil furnace and a Toyo. We try not to use the furnace much.
I suppose the rental units prefer not to have woodstoves due to the fire danger. Alaska is still here where we live, but I know what you mean. Oh, we had -10 last night but it's 5 above now and a few flurries.
RYMB? Really? I thought this was Bush's fault!
Did you hear about the new Iranian Nuclear Power Plant? It can reach Tel Aviv in 35 minutes!
Perhaps we should invade Europe...the Iraqis are better off with electrcity with us in Iraq, why not help the PU EU?
True. You can't run out of something you never had to begin with.
Mussolini is not amused!
France: the new Armpit of the Western World.
But, but, doesn't Western Europe have the best and most advanced electricity infrastructure in the world? [/sacrasm]
(Speaking as an insider in this industry)
If I remember correctly, the power is turned off at night in North Korea. It does appear, however, from the photo that a little bit of power is left on. Would that be Pyongyang by any chance?
Having lived in Germany for 13 years now...I can attest to the fact that they all have expectations of 24-hours per day of power. Any outage lasting longer than 20 minutes becomes a major stress issue for a German. They all want explanations out of the power folks for a 1-hour outage or more...so it becomes a public relations nightmare when huge windstorms come through and knock alot of power out.
The impression I had in Europe was that their electric rates were shockingly higher than ours. True?
I have a regular 3-bedroom house...natural gas heat...no AC...and I pay around $80 per month. If I had to use AC...it would be out of sight. So I would compare it easily to Californa or AZ to prices.
I noticed that every business we walked into seemed positively obsessed about electrical conservation, even to the point of sacraficing what looked to me (an american) like saftey, physical comfort, etc. We were traveling in France and Italy.
Was this all good citizenship? If so, I've got to hand it to them.