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  • wingover 11:47 am on February 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Power outage hits towers in Canada financial center 

    Power outage hits towers in Canada financial center.

    TORONTO (Reuters) – An electrical equipment failure knocked out power in a handful of skyscrapers in Canada’s financial center on Thursday, leaving as many as 100,000 without electricity.

    “Crews are currently on scene at all of the outages restoring power,” a Toronto Hydro spokeswoman said, adding full restoration is expected later this afternoon.

    The downtown Toronto buildings affected included the tower that houses the offices of the Toronto Stock Exchange as well as First Canadian Place and the RBC Center, she said.

    Carolyn Quick, a spokeswoman for TMX Group Inc, which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange and the junior Venture market, said trading was uninterrupted.

    “The Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange continued to operate during the power outage as they are on separate power systems, as well as there is fully redundant system in place.”

  • wingover 3:46 pm on February 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    More than 600,000 without power from Ohio to NY 

    More than 600,000 without power from Ohio to NY | Reuters.

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wind gusts felled trees onto power lines from Ohio to New York on Wednesday night, leaving by Thursday afternoon more than 600,000 customers without electricity, utility companies said.

    Ohio utilities were hit hardest, and most of those without power are expected to be restored by Friday. Utilities were also affected in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Indiana.

  • wingover 2:09 pm on February 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Power to Melbourne under threat 

    Power to Melbourne under threat | Herald Sun.

    POWER to Melbourne is under threat as bushfires rage out of control near the Loy Yang power station in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria’s east.
    Around 100,000 customers of Victoria’s electricity suppliers lost power during the hottest day in Victoria since records started in 1855.

    Bushfires, 100km/h per hour winds and falling branches were blamed by suppliers for the outages.

    Around 20,000 Horsham residents, who faced ferocious fires on Saturday, lost power and will be without electricity at least until Sunday when it is hoped that Citypower/Powercor technicians will be able to access the area.

    Another 10,000 customers around Bendigo and Werribee also lost power.

  • wingover 2:03 pm on January 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Rolling blackouts in Australia 

    Groaning electricity network ‘exposes need to invest’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

    With temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius in the past two days in Victoria and South Australia, electricity grids have been pushed to breaking point.

    People were angry that their electricity failed when they needed it most, but electrical suppliers said it was almost impossible to build a grid with the capacity to handle such extreme temperatures, which have been described as once-in-a-century.

    “It is ridiculous that the electricity grid cannot cope with demand on a hot day when there are only 5.5 million people in the whole state.”

    • Richard 10:43 pm on January 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The public transport system esp the Railways is even a bigger joke here in Victoria Australia!
      Have to cancel hundreds routes due to over heating of the airconditioning system in the trains when it gets too hot! Total disgrace…..they spend billions on worthless projects yet the public train system is stuck in the dark ages!

  • wingover 1:33 pm on January 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Nearly 1M still without power in ice storm’s wake 

    My Way News – Nearly 1M still without power in ice storm’s wake.

    MURRAY, Ky. (AP) – Utility crews renewed work in subfreezing temperatures Saturday in their effort to put the power back on for nearly a million customers left in the dark by an ice storm that crippled parts of several states this week.

    Local officials grew angrier at what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • wingover 6:20 pm on January 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Ice storm cuts power to 1 million 

    Ice storm cuts power to 1 million – MSNBC Articles.

    A destructive winter storm left more than a million customers in the dark before barreling into the Northeast on Wednesday, delaying flights and turning the morning rush into the morning slush as communities braced for the worst.

    The storm has been blamed for at least 23 deaths and a glaze of ice and snow that caused widespread power failures from the Southern Plains to the East Coast. Authorities said it could be a week before some communities have electricity again.

  • wingover 12:14 pm on January 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Philippines powered by China? 

    Philippines turns over national grid to China-led consortium.

    MANILA (AFP) – A Chinese-led consortium on Thursday officially took over a 25-year concession of the Philippines’ national electricity grid, government’s privatisation arm said. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, which includes the State Grid Corporation of China, began operating the grid just after midnight, the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) said. The consortium last week remitted 987.5 million dollars as “its upfront payment for the operation” of the National Transmission Corp. or Transco, PSALM said. The amount represents 25 percent of the 3.95 billion dollar purchase price for the concession it won in an auction in December 2007. “The government is now a step closer to its objective of providing the Filipino consumer a reliable, quality and affordable supply of electricity,” PSALM president Jose Ibazeta said in the statement. The takeover also underscores the “unwavering support and confidence” of the international investor community in the government’s reform programmes in the power industry, he said. The consortium also includes Philippines firms Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. and Calaca High Power Corp. State Grid Corporation of China covers 88 percent of the service area in China.

  • wingover 9:44 am on January 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Power cut in southern Philippines after blasts 

    Reuters AlertNet – Power cut in southern Philippines after blasts.

    MANILA, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Electricity was cut to wide areas of the southern Philippines on Saturday after SUSPECTED Muslim rebels blew up the main power transmission line with crude bombs, army and power company officials said.

    Three or four improvised explosive devices made from mortar rounds toppled the transmission line tower in Lanao del Norte province on the southern island of Mindanao before dawn, army spokeswoman Steffani Cacho told reporters.

    Cacho said the blasts hit the steel tower and snapped the high-voltage cable supplying electricity to three provinces on the Zamboanga peninsula and most parts of Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte provinces.

  • wingover 11:53 am on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    15-18 hour power outages in small Pakistani towns 

    15-18 hour power outages in small Pakistani towns – Yahoo! India News.

    Islamabad, Dec 29 (IANS) Small Pakistani towns are undergoing outages of 15-18 hours to enable electricity supplies to larger cities, with the power utility saying the de-silting of canals has resulted in hydel production dropping by a whopping 6,100 MW against the installed capacity of 6,500 MW.

    ‘In order to supply electricity to major cities of the country, the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) is conducting 15 to 18-hour power outages in cities with a lesser population,’ Daily Times reported Monday.

  • wingover 9:50 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Nepal imposes severe power cuts 

    BBC NEWS | Nepal imposes severe power cuts.

    Nepal has increased the length of daily power cuts to between 12 and 14 hours because of a shortage of electricity.

    The Maoist-led government has declared a national power emergency and decided to set up diesel-operated power plants to help meet demand.

    The Minister for Water Resources, Bishnu Poudel, said the new power cuts would come into effect from next week.

    The situation has worsened after a fall in the level of reservoirs supplying water to hydro-electric projects.

    A fortnight ago, Nepal’s government announced that consumers would face 10 hours of daily power cuts after declaring the country’s utilities in crisis.

    Nepal produces only about half of its electricity needs and the amount of power that the country imports from neighbouring India is not enough to make up the shortfall.

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