Summer Forecast: Increased Risk of Power Outages due to Extreme Heat

Grid monitor warns of U.S. blackouts in ‘sobering report’ Credited Author(s): Peter Behr, Jason Plautz The central and upper Midwest, Texas, and Southern California face an increased risk of power outages this summer from extreme heat, wildfires and extended drought, the nation’s grid monitor warned yesterday. In a dire new assessment, the North American Electric…

Expanding Your Connection – Power Distribution Units

With organizations continuing to grow, so will the technology requirements. Increasing power demands will call for more electrical outlets. To meet the growing demand of technology, business organizations will add IDFs (Intermediate Distribution Frame) and expand MDFs (Main Distribution Frame) which means multiple devices that will require multiple outlets. Enter Power Distribution Units, or PDUs.…

April Showers Bring May Power Problems?

Spring has arrived and that means April showers will be bringing some lovely May flowers. While the warmer weather and flowers are certainly a welcome change, the ‘April showers’ may not be so welcome. Although it may not seem like spring in some regions of the United States, the thunderstorms are coming! While rain may…

PowerNews: Underground Fire Leads to Extended Power Outage

South Bend Power Outage Due to Underground Fire Leaves Businesses Scrambling Downtown South Bend, Indiana faced a rather unusual power outage this past weekend when a fire ripped through underground passages, eventually damaging power delivery lines for more than 800 customers. Problems began Friday evening, and officials estimated that repairs could last into Sunday evening. What was…

PowerNews: Power Outage ‘Hiccup’ Briefly Halts Summer Fun

Rides at Canobie Lake Amusement Park grind to a halt as power fails Summer fun for many families means cotton candy, midway games, and of course, roller coasters. Guests at Salem, New Hampshire’s Canobie Lake Park recently got a surprise when a power outage occurred, leaving them stranded on several of the park’s attractions. Backup generators kicked…

PowerNews: Raccoons Wreak Havoc in Indiana Substation

Furry animals surpass countermeasures to bring down power We’ve talked before about the wide range of things that can cause a power outage. One of the least predictable is wildlife, with outages being caused by snakes, rats, and even owls in the past. Officials in Richmond, Indiana recently learned that even the best countermeasures can be outsmarted when a pair…