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Huge blackout in India

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Winner, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    No thread about it? CFC is really slipping.

    (NY times article and video summary)

    Basically, about 10% of the world's population experienced life without electricity. Will this be a more common occurrence in the future when the energy crisis hits developing countries with its full force?
     
  2. Glassfan

    Glassfan Mostly harmless

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    I read several news pieces on this. Apparently India's power grid cannot meet the demands of it's growing economy - insufficient infrastructure development. The Minister for energy claimed that some States were using more electricity than was their fair share. Fair share?!

    India uses a lot of old coal (bad) generators, and their hydroelectric dams have low water levels due to the recent "weak" monsoon season. The weak monsoons are also responsible for not lowering atmospheric temperatures - so those with air conditioning are turning up their power demands - and farmers need more irrigation.

    But the fundamental problem is that the government has not kept up it's infrastructure - not enough new power plants (clean/dirty or otherwise) being built to match increased energy demand. And some sectors are growing exponentially - urban industrial/business - while rural areas and one-third of "households" are without any electricity connections at all.
     
  3. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    Yes. Which is why I always find the hype about "booming" India overtaking everyone very amusing.
     
  4. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    I was seeing people discuss this on the news last night. 1 major problem is that to many users, particularly farmers, electricity is free for political reasons. And this encourages over consumption. Farmers are running pumps to make up for the weak rains, so that is a double drain on the hydroelectric sources. Another major problem is that for all its size and the fact that portions of it are very modern, the system as a whole is slapdash and horrible inefficient and huge numbers of people are connected to it illegally.

    Other problems.

     
  5. druidravi

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    The basic infrastructure in India is very bad and outdated. The Indian government has not been able to push ahead on key projects because of bureaucratic clad by red-tapism and corruption. The present government is in a policy paralysis . It is dependent on support of too many regional parties who oppose liberalizing the economy to the 'evil 'mnc's and oppose foreign investments .

    The government funds and energy are wasted on populist schemes for petty political gains . There is no long term planning . The few projects which are started are held up by protests .
    A case in point is the Kunankalum nuclear power plant which was started with the help of Russians was held up for months because of anti-nuclear protests .

    Democracy is both a boon and bane for India. It is a boon because of the freedom of expression one enjoys compared to totalitarian regimes. But since majority of the population is uneducated or uninformed , populist policies which can get the most votes in the short term are preferred by political leaders .

    On the topic , I am in south India which did not experience a black out yesterday. But we have daily load shedding of 3-4 hours on average.
     
  6. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    This whole series of events has been a running joke on #nes for the past twoish days.
     
  7. Verarde

    Verarde Pondering Wearing A Hat

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    What do you mean by this?

    I heard they were able to restore power to some or all of the affected parts last last night. Is this true?
     
  8. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    It's a rolling blackout. Power companies stop providing the power to various areas in sequence to try to decrease the load on the grid and avoid a total blackout.

    They're reasonably common in the third world.
     
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    Another nasty side effect of population growth. Of course, most of Africa doesn't have electricity to begin with, so we won't be seeing as much of it there.
     
  10. Verarde

    Verarde Pondering Wearing A Hat

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    Ah, interesting. Thanks for the clarification.
     
  11. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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  12. druidravi

    druidravi Chieftain

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    The daily power cut we experience in the state of Andhra Pradesh is separate from this black out. Our state has a huge demand supply gap in electric power . From last 3/4 months been experiencing powercuts of 3/4 hours daily . Its like 7-8:30 mornings and 1-2:30 in the afternoon and sometimes 7 to 8 in the evening . I had to buy a backup because of this .

    Yes. If we have a normal rainfall this monsoon ,power generation from water will pick up and load shedding could stop. Its worser for industrial units which experience 1/2 days power holiday a week.
     
  13. hobbsyoyo

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    druidravi,

    I feel for you bro. Best of luck
     

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