Power outages were 'unavoidable,' Met...

Power outages were 'unavoidable,' Met-Ed says

There are 7 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jul 9, 2010, titled Power outages were 'unavoidable,' Met-Ed says. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Met-Ed said Thursday there was no way to foresee, plan or predict two "unrelated" incidents from happening to the electrical transmission power grid, which caused about 40,000 York County customers to lose power the day before.

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Datsafact Jack

Fannettsburg, PA

#1 Jul 9, 2010
THESE SITUATIONS WERE AVOIDABLE. So get use to it folks. And, do not call 9-1-1 unless you know of someone who uses specialized medical equipment that requires electricity or an accident is the cause. They already know and have hot lines directly with these utility companies . What Met-Ed is not revealing is that they eliminated many Line Crew employees as a cost saving measure for Management Executives in upper New Jersey to receive incentive bonuses by the savings. Plus the increased costs and 33% rate increase to go into effect December 2010. They also contracted services to a tree company and private electrical firms. Met Ed is making money by charging the more fees for line maintenance --and can not justify the manpower costs per their budget. THEY are NOT doing inspections or routine maintenance. They simply replace / repair something when it fails . Exactly as cited .
So get used to it , it's going to get worse as the entire grid is in need of replacement of the 60+ year old wires . Your President signed The National Electrical Grid into Law. So, in 2014--after he's gone-- we Met-Ed customers for example , will get to pay for upgrades to all systems in the U.S. Yes, your President signed it into law, the first step to a National Electric Company . NO MORE CHOICES.
So, buy a bio fuel / diesel home power plant for under $7500. In 4 years it will pay for itself.
And don't bother calling them UNLESS you see downed poles and lines , auto accident or a fire in a substation. The automated computer will try to reset the system -3 times. This will be witnessed by 3 BRIGHT flashes of light and a resounding SNAP as the line circuit breaker is trying to be reset . If the system fails to reset--an alert is sent to the Load Dispatcher, who then manually disables the system (lock out) and dispatches an agent to investigate in about 4 hours. It also helps to get a pole number if SAFETY is not in jeopardy. Tell whoever you call--how many poles are involved..so they can plan for the amount of wire too. If you know the name of the neighborhood, that's good enough. Netter yet--just tell them--dispatch an entire Emergency Line Crew and Supervisor..They'll thank you for being an informed customer.. A little public education instead of excuses says a lot about Met-Eds failure.
Rick

Baltimore, MD

#2 Jul 9, 2010
ALL CITIZENS should realize that the poster above is absolutely correct! ALL OF US are being forced to pay more for electricity because they have failed to perform due dilligence with maintenance and because they want to expand their service to accommodate future growth.

In my humble opinion, if they have been in business all this time and have been gifted with utility rate increases time and time again, they should have all the capital necessary to perform maintenance and upgrade for new customers. If not, it is no fault of any existing utility customer. AND no existing customer should have to pay for any system upgrades that promote future growth. I say let them figure out how to manage a check book and figure out a way to make improvements current customers do not require and should not pay for!
FollowDaMoney

Northumberland, PA

#3 Jul 9, 2010
...looks like electrical rates will be soaring even higher in the near future because we always reward failure by garnishing it with our hard earned money...
Datsafact Jack

Fannettsburg, PA

#4 Jul 9, 2010
Thank you all. I was also a class C electrician (6,500 volt certified) for the Big A---Amtrak not like these temps they use today from manpower or Henkles & McCoy . God help us unless an "A -Man" (Qualified & Certified Class "A" elctrician of up to 135,000 volts arrives.

New neighborhood electric grids are being installed by Temps and Tree cutters and inspected by Local Yocal uneducated In$pector$ who have no clue nor attended any trade school. Same goes for water authority and gas ops.
SEE : Colunbia Gas..
Go ask the foreman on the job if he knows anything about lightning tracking stations or residual static. Chances are he knows nothing of or ever used a "ground stick" . Couldn't tell you what ground shunts are on the boom truck either. I've watched Met Ed workers and their contractors at work.. Each time I ask myself --should I dial 9-1- and wait.
Record what you are told by these clowns and then call Phila Electric or Met-Ed Customer Service and Demand to speak with the "Power Director" in Phila,Pa or Newark,N.J. Because that's where those offices are located.
Better yet--ask the local line crews if they have any idea as to what a 3 phased line is , and how many transfers for up and downgrades are required for 12 houses that deliver 650 volts per transformer per house from a 13,500 volt line. 1 step down per houses and each home NOW requires a 650volt transformer on your property or affixed to a pole. The answer is 3 and 12 . Hint the 13,500 volts is the minimum for the line , it is usually maintained at 15,600 volts. The exact voltage required to operate an AEM7 general electric Train engine.
The static voltage is approx 1,500 volts , but it's the amperage that'll blow a person right out of their shoes and fry them instantly within a 6 foot radius of a downed power line . Then. finally ask a Met Ed supervisor --who were you related to in order to get this job.
Each time I see Met-Ed , I recall that commercial of the old codger... some days we got apple pie, and some days...we got shot at. NOW YOU KNOW WHY
Schell Answer Man

York, PA

#5 Jul 9, 2010
Demand Met Ed install GROUND RESISTORS on their major grids throughout Pennsylvania. If the sun goes into extreme ionization in what scientists predict in 2012 the only thing to save our electrical system are GROUND RESISTORS. Without them power will arc causing a melt down and burn out of high voltage lines.
Internal Affairs

Fannettsburg, PA

#6 Jul 15, 2010
Schell Answer Man wrote:
Demand Met Ed install GROUND RESISTORS on their major grids throughout Pennsylvania. If the sun goes into extreme ionization in what scientists predict in 2012 the only thing to save our electrical system are GROUND RESISTORS. Without them power will arc causing a melt down and burn out of high voltage lines.
If Scientists are so smart--why then the Great D.C. goon, sign a health care bill that is repeallable by the next sitting President and is not valid until Dec 2014. But, you do have an excellent . Now run it past the P.U.C It'll take 3 years to get a hearing and 5 more for a ruling. Just purchase a diesel or bio-fuel power station. Met-Ed will get the orders and take ---when the sun finally sets in the East to even think about the job. I'd be more worried about the 75 year old 1.5 million volt transmission lines falling into highways, since Met-Ed fired all the High Steeple Electricains
no body knows

Lancaster, PA

#7 Jun 5, 2011
All these guys above are absolutely right on. Coming from the center of it, I can attest to the degradation and failure to replace antiquated equipment, and the practice placing bandages where a mortal wound has occured. This is a fall of our entire system coming, an outage of a magnitude that will throw us back 100's of years. Because of greedy power monging executives that only care about stock returns and not protecting the base of the utility or its workers. Safety..ha. See how many deaths have occured, (this company does not allow workers injuries to be recorded unless you are on fire.)

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