reply to post by milkyway12
Again, it is a lot easier than you seem to think to knock out the Grid.
If you hit the right HV lines at the right time, this will effect the load balancing on the network to a point the frequency goes out of whack and the
whole thing collapses in on itself.
Do this at peak time when there is a lot of energy in the Grid and no where for it to safely go and "boom" go your transformers and, if you're
really unlucky, the generators in the power plants take a whack too, all of which take months to repair.
To give you an example of the lead times here in the UK, I know the National Grid have had faulty transformers in several major substations for years.
So dangerous were these transformers that anyone entering one of the sites had to be in possession (or be with someone who has) of an IR camera to
detect hotspots in the equipment which would indicate if one was about to pop.
It took nearly 3 years to source the parts and effect a repair, even when there was a serious risk to life, let alone the stability of the power
Then there is the telemetry they use to control the Grid (much the same I presume as any other developed nation). They used to have each station
manned so any switching could be done manually to control the flow. It is now all done remotely to save costs and all those chaps who sat in the
substations were made redundant. Now, in the UK at least, these telemetry circuits are built over an overhead fibre network carried on the HV pylons
themselves. Bring down the right pylons, at the right time and you not only disrupt the flow of power, but also the managing agencies ability to react
and mitigate any damage......
But, as I've said about terrorists before, they always seem to want to go for a high-profile/high casualty target without thinking sensibly or
strategically. If they really
wanted to, or if they had the strategic wherewithal, they could have brought us to our knees with much less
effort than 9/11 or 7/7.
But, we're lucky they are as inept as a bunch of school kids and epically fail in most of their plots after spending years "planning". Give me a
few thousand £'s and an afternoon and I can show you "terrorism" and MI5 wouldn't have a clue.... These Islamic chaps are the worlds most inept
and should have a TV program dedicated to how rubbish they are their "job", like the "worlds dumbest criminals" show.