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The massive failure - a day after a similar, but smaller power failure - has raised serious concerns about India's outdated infrastructure and the government's inability to meet its huge appetite for energy as the country aspires to become a regional economic superpower.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.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
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.
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.
How did anyone notice?
Could be hackers from Pakistan...
Going by the scale provided in the map, that’s a pretty small area for 620 million poeple. Yikes.
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.
“vast amounts of power are pirated through unauthorized wiring that taps into the electrical system.”
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 countrys 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.......
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