Rotating Blackouts in Ottawa (etc)

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Robert Krten

Rotating Blackouts in Ottawa (etc)

Post by Robert Krten » Fri Aug 15, 2003 6:10 pm

QNX.COM seems to be up; but Ottawa Hydro has advised everyone in Ottawa
that there will be rotating blackouts. PARSE.COM has a UPS, but I
don't feel like draining my batteries for hours :-)

Cheers,
-RK

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Bill Caroselli

Re: Rotating Blackouts in Ottawa (etc)

Post by Bill Caroselli » Fri Aug 15, 2003 8:52 pm

Robert Krten <rk@parse.com> wrote:
RK > QNX.COM seems to be up; but Ottawa Hydro has advised everyone in Ottawa
RK > that there will be rotating blackouts. PARSE.COM has a UPS, but I
RK > don't feel like draining my batteries for hours :-)

RK > Cheers,
RK > -RK

RK > --
RK > [If replying via email, you'll need to click on the URL that's emailed to you
RK > afterwards to forward the email to me -- spam filters and all that]
RK > Robert Krten, PDP minicomputer collector http://www.parse.com/~pdp8/

It's funny that this is the first comment regarding the blackout
yesterday.

But it's stranger still to hear that you folks up north are *still*
dealing with it.

I know a little about how these systems automatically trade electrisity
from system to system. but you would think tha at the first sight of
any major problem like this that each system operator would just unplug
from the rest of the grid and just rely on their own ability to generate
power.

Instinct is telling me that this was a regulatory issue not a technical
issue. I.E. Technology could have prevented it, but the rules wouldn't
allow it. If that is the case, I can't wait to hear the ship hit the
fan.

Mario Charest

Re: Rotating Blackouts in Ottawa (etc)

Post by Mario Charest » Fri Aug 15, 2003 10:33 pm

"Bill Caroselli" <qtps@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:bhjh76$lgr$1@inn.qnx.com...
Robert Krten <rk@parse.com> wrote:
RK > QNX.COM seems to be up; but Ottawa Hydro has advised everyone in
Ottawa
RK > that there will be rotating blackouts. PARSE.COM has a UPS, but I
RK > don't feel like draining my batteries for hours :-)

RK > Cheers,
RK > -RK

RK > --
RK > [If replying via email, you'll need to click on the URL that's
emailed to you
RK > afterwards to forward the email to me -- spam filters and all that]
RK > Robert Krten, PDP minicomputer collector http://www.parse.com/~pdp8/

It's funny that this is the first comment regarding the blackout
yesterday.
Well most people that would like to comment probably can't ;-)
But it's stranger still to hear that you folks up north are *still*
dealing with it.

I know a little about how these systems automatically trade electrisity
from system to system. but you would think tha at the first sight of
any major problem like this that each system operator would just unplug
from the rest of the grid and just rely on their own ability to generate
power.

Instinct is telling me that this was a regulatory issue not a technical
issue. I.E. Technology could have prevented it, but the rules wouldn't
allow it. If that is the case, I can't wait to hear the ship hit the
fan.

Kris Warkentin

Re: Rotating Blackouts in Ottawa (etc)

Post by Kris Warkentin » Mon Aug 18, 2003 12:23 pm

"Bill Caroselli" <qtps@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:bhjh76$lgr$1@inn.qnx.com...
I know a little about how these systems automatically trade electrisity
from system to system. but you would think tha at the first sight of
any major problem like this that each system operator would just unplug
from the rest of the grid and just rely on their own ability to generate
power.
Actually, some places did. I belive an operator in Simcoe or some such
noticed that the grid was going down and disconnected, managing to keep his
area up.

cheers,

Kris

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