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Electricity grids fail across half of India (620 million people without electricity)
Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/31/2012

Posted on 07/31/2012 7:41:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world's biggest blackout.

Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi. Electric crematoria stopped operating, some with bodies half burnt, power officials said. Emergency workers rushed generators to coal mines to rescue miners trapped underground.

The massive failure - a day after a similar, but smaller power failure - has raised serious concerns about India's outdated infrastructure and the government's inability to meet its huge appetite for energy as the country aspires to become a regional economic superpower.

Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde blamed the new crisis on states taking more than their allotted share of electricity.

"Everyone overdraws from the grid. Just this morning I held a meeting with power officials from the states and I gave directions that states that overdraw should be punished. We have given instructions that their power supply could be cut," he told reporters.

The new power failure affected 620 million people across 20 of India's 28 states - about double the population of the United States. The blackout was unusual in its reach, stretching from the border with Myanmar in the northeast to the Pakistani border about 3,000 kilometers (1,870 miles) away. Its impact, however, was softened by Indians' familiarity with frequent blackouts and the widespread use of backup generators for major businesses and key facilities such as hospitals and airports.

Shinde later said power was fully restored in the northeast grid four hours after it went down, and that the north grid had 45 percent power and the east grid 35 percent.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: electricity; energy; india; outage; power

1 posted on 07/31/2012 7:41:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
NOTE THIS IS GOVERNMENT RUN ELECTRICITY...


Regions affected by the Indian power blackout
2 posted on 07/31/2012 7:43:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
NOTE THIS IS GOVERNMENT RUN ELECTRICITY...


Regions affected by the Indian power blackout
3 posted on 07/31/2012 7:43:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

I smell ChiCom hackers.....


4 posted on 07/31/2012 7:46:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet help centers for many US companies are freaking out...


5 posted on 07/31/2012 7:49:16 AM PDT by jrestrepo (See you all in Galt's gulch)
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America in 5 years if we don’t get rid of the communist agenda of the left.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 7:52:05 AM PDT by Busko
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To: SeekAndFind
blamed the new crisis on states taking more than their allotted share of electricity.

In other words we have too many customers and the demand for our product is too high. Only to a socialist is this a problem.

7 posted on 07/31/2012 7:54:40 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

When the grid cascades to a shut down, is it not success rather than failure? To prevent damage of overload to specific segments, the grid collapses by design. That is engineering success, not failure.

To be sure, at some point there was an event that is failure. That failure is rendered harmless to the rest of the grid when it shuts down.


8 posted on 07/31/2012 7:58:46 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: jrestrepo

Egggs actly... no techsupport!!!


9 posted on 07/31/2012 8:03:54 AM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: SeekAndFind

something to think about before you outsource...


10 posted on 07/31/2012 8:07:37 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Positive

LMAO!

Doing the jobs Americans won’t do.


11 posted on 07/31/2012 8:07:52 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Just wait until we are all forced to use electric cars.

12 posted on 07/31/2012 8:18:37 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: SeekAndFind

Put it in perspective.

In just this one failure, one-tenth of the world’s population lost power.


13 posted on 07/31/2012 8:19:18 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Should we cease funding to Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and use it instead to fund India's grid? Get some big guns over there like Halliburton.

Stocks would go high, high, high - wouldn't they?

14 posted on 07/31/2012 8:23:29 AM PDT by hummingbird (Breitbart and Spartacus: here, there, everywhere. Join them. Join us.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just 2 miles from my house, the EPA has closed a fully built (circa 1955) and operational power generation facility
because it burns coal and it is cost prohibitive to retrofit scrubbers, etc.

Foolishness begets darkness.


15 posted on 07/31/2012 8:24:10 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: SeekAndFind

...and reading closer, those “overdrawing power will be punished” PUNISHED!?

If private enterprise were prosperous, they would find the tipping point where supply capacity would meet expected demand. The government does not understand this, so they skip right over to “punish”. Whatever.


16 posted on 07/31/2012 8:27:52 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let them use Solar.


17 posted on 07/31/2012 8:28:45 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is it mean of me to wish this would happen, oh, about October 15th, to the blue states of the US? (I LIVE in a “blue” state)


18 posted on 07/31/2012 8:35:07 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Busko

soetoro’s america


19 posted on 07/31/2012 8:40:49 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Coffee... Black... No Sugar

Better to curse the Government than to light a single candle in the darkness.


20 posted on 07/31/2012 8:42:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't know the root cause of this event in India. I guess stuff happens.

All I can say is that if I see a news story about the electrical grid in Iran going down, and that news story is NOT followed by a military strike against Iran, then I can't imagine what would constitute "good timing" for a military strike.

21 posted on 07/31/2012 8:45:51 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi.

How did anyone notice?

22 posted on 07/31/2012 9:13:11 AM PDT by wbill
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To: BenLurkin
I smell ChiCom hackers...

Could be hackers from Pakistan...

23 posted on 07/31/2012 9:39:02 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: SeekAndFind

Going by the scale provided in the map, that’s a pretty small area for 620 million poeple. Yikes.


24 posted on 07/31/2012 9:40:28 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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I am surprised regional rolling blackouts haven’t already occurred in the US during this hot summer especially with the EPA shutting down some 20 coal fired generating plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our electric grid has to be teetering in this hot weather. I recently drove by a large wind farm in southern MN on one very hot (100+ degrees) afternoon and less than 10% of the windmills were turning despite what I assume would be a time of peak electric demand. So presumably there has to be a bunch of fossil fuel plants running to make up for what the windmills aren’t producing.


25 posted on 07/31/2012 10:24:15 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: DManA
That's not what he is referring to. This is why you should read the whole article.

“vast amounts of power are pirated through unauthorized wiring that taps into the electrical system.”

26 posted on 07/31/2012 10:46:31 AM PDT by ravager
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To: SeekAndFind
This is actually a relatively predictable result due to actually running out of coal for existing and new power generation due to colossal self-inflicted fuel supply mismanagement by the Indian government regulators.

India Struggles to Deliver Enough Power is well worth reading at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/business/global/india-struggles-to-deliver-enough-electricity-for-growth.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Quotes from some of the article:
ELLORE, India — India has long struggled to provide enough electricity to light its homes and power its industry around the clock. In recent years, the government and private sector sought to change that by building scores of new power plants.

India has tried to built new power plants, like the one partly completed in the state of Andhra Pradesh. But there is often no fuel to run the plants. Companies like Sowmya Industries are hampered by power shortages.

But that campaign is now running into difficulties because the country cannot get enough fuel — principally coal — to run the plants. Clumsy policies, poor management and environmental concerns have hampered the country’s efforts to dig up fuel fast enough to keep up with its growing need for power.

A complex system of subsidies and price controls has limited investment, particularly in resources like coal and natural gas. It has also created anomalies, like retail electricity prices that are lower than the cost of producing power, which lead to big losses at state-owned utilities. An unsettled debate about how much of its forests India should turn over to mining has also limited coal production.......

27 posted on 07/31/2012 11:41:39 AM PDT by dickmc
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