Preventing Future Blackouts
July 24th, 2006

As the blackout in Queens enters its second week — and some experts say such events are likely to be more common in the future — both the New York Times and the New York Post are calling on the city to make a priority of improving the city’s aging infrastructure.

“Con Eds immediate priority is to make sure that every customer is up and running. It should make every effort to reimburse people who suffered, and it simply has to insure more transparency in its dealings with the public,” writes the Times. “But its biggest task to be undertaken in concert with regulators, power producers and other suppliers is to modernize the citys infrastructure, spreading the cost so as to minimize the financial pain for consumers.”

The New York Post, meanwhile, complains that city and state officials don’t have the stomach for pursuing such issues — and regularly sacrifice projects to improve the city’s infrastructure for political convenience.

“We know there isn’t much of a constituency for water-delivery systems, power plants and garbage-transfer stations (let alone the waste-to-energy plants the city should be building). You won’t see any street protests arguing for, say, better signal-switching equipment in the subways any time soon,” writes the New York Post. “Which may be why pols kick these issues down the road.”

By on July 24, 2006, 7:17 am
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3 Responses to “Preventing Future Blackouts”

  1. Glenn Says:
    July 24th, 2006 at 8:52 am

    If New York is going to revamp it’s aging electrical infrastructure they should really consider smarter grids that can do “net metering” where any onsite electrical generation, especially renewables can be sent back out into the system and the customer only charged for the “net demand”.

  2. Larry Littlefield Says:
    July 24th, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    We already have net metering for solar.

    I think you mean time-of-day metering, so power used at peak periods costs more, and power sent back in at peak periods (which is when solar generation is highest) pays more. They’re doing it in California.

    They can install meters which allow reading from outside the house at the same time.

  3. Glenn Says:
    July 24th, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    Larry – Yes, not just net Kwh net metering, but real time pricing for consumption at peak demand times.

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