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Serbia, Kosovo power grid row delays European clocks
SARAJEVO, March 7 (Reuters) - European power grid lobby ENTSO-E urged Serbia and Kosovo to urgently resolve a dispute over their power grid, which has affected the broader European network, causing some digital clocks on the continent to lose time.
The grid shared by Serbia and its former province Kosovo is connected to Europe’s synchronized high voltage power network.
ENTSO-E, which represents European electricity transmission operators, said the continental network had lost 113 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy since mid-January because Kosovo had been using more electricity than it generates. Serbia, which is responsible for balancing Kosovo’s grid, had failed to do so, ENTSO-E said.
The loss of energy had meant that electric clocks that are steered by the frequency of the power system, rather than by a quartz crystal, to lag nearly six minutes behind, ENTSO-E said.
Kosovo and Serbia have no time to lose. “Kosovo, wants dialogue to be successfully concluded this year, with the legally binding Agreement,” he said. According Thaci, Kosovo is ready to put the final step in this direction. “We know that this big Agreement with Serbia will be the ultimate guarantee for the triumph of peace and stability in these parts of Europe,”
originally posted by: SlowNail
My watch is also a little slow. Everybody update yourselves to my time.
I clearly don't understand this arse-about-face way of doing things, but it's clearly unstable.
Do all countries tie their clocks to their power flow?
If they lose power completely, does time stop? I do have a few things that I need to get done.
originally posted by: MindBodySpiritComplex
I find this quite alarming as it sounds to me like this could be exploited on purpose maybe combined with a hacking attack. Cascade effect, blackouts... And of course Balkans again. Serbia, Kosovo, not a minute to be lost, no time to loose,... Six minutes lost! As I was saying: almost sounds like satire.