posted on Jul, 30 2010 @ 04:51 PM
And above all else, beyond all the automated systems, there is the human factor.
That is a one of my pet peeves about the “perfect disaster” ”solar storm” edition. The part where the mayor, ….or what ever it was, makes
the decision to cut the power.
Um…… No!!!!!!! Go back to start, do not collect $200.
The mayor does not own the utility. He/she is not an employee of the utility, that the utility has given the authority to safeguard it’s assets.
That is not his/her JOB!!!!!
If the mayor called the utility and demanded that they shut down the system, the control operator would tell him/her to pound sand.
There is a person slugging cherry cola, sitting behind a control panel that is covered in switches lights, and indicators. He sits there all day
watching things, and throwing switches as the day progresses. If protection systems trigger, he can override, or let the go ahead and trigger shutting
something off. He can try to balance loads to prevent BAD things from happening. He is the one that is given the sole responsibility to monitor the
utility’s equipment. He is the one that the utility pays to safeguard it’s assets. If anything happens, it will be his butt in a sling.
If, and when the utility shuts it’s systems down, it will be the sole decision of that person sitting behind the control panel. Not the mayor, not
the governor, and not even the president of the united states.
That person has multiple lines of information available for consumption. Weather forecast, current global temps and weather conditions, solar weather
forecast and conditions, up to the second disaster reports, state wide power grid information, and anything else that will affect the system he is
watching. He has one button communications access to all the control rooms of the utilities his is interconnected with.
It is an exciting day when a bird takes a dump on a bushing and causes the eastern interconnect to burp. They have aneurisms when it is the middle of
consumption peak and a fan quits working on one of their central transformers, causing it’s temp to clime. If they see transformer core temps
jumping across the system, and seen harmonic monitors jumping, they would be S###ing bricks.
When they hear other control rooms talking about systems going to red across the country, they couldn’t hit the FOB “Freaking OFF Button” switch
Do you honestly think that the person sitting at the control room is going to keep overriding safety interlocks to keep the power flowing as he sits
there and listens to audio from other control room operators screaming “What the &$#@ is going on!!!”, and watches the indicators in front of him
slowly redline and sees the stations across the network burst into flam?
If I had a bunch of money, I would make a film that would just parody the stupidity of the “perfect disaster” episodes.