Skip to comments.Electricity grids fail across half of India (620 million people without electricity)
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The massive failure - a day after a similar, but smaller power failure - has raised serious concerns about India's outdated infrastructure and the government's inability to meet its huge appetite for energy as the country aspires to become a regional economic superpower.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.
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I smell ChiCom hackers.....
I bet help centers for many US companies are freaking out...
America in 5 years if we don’t get rid of the communist agenda of the left.
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.
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.
Egggs actly... no techsupport!!!
something to think about before you outsource...
Doing the jobs Americans won’t do.
Put it in perspective.
In just this one failure, one-tenth of the world’s population lost power.
Stocks would go high, high, high - wouldn't they?
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.
...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.
Let them use Solar.
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)
Better to curse the Government than to light a single candle in the darkness.
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