BREAKING: London is Hit by a Power Outage following a Suspected National Grid Failure - CNN

Gordon_R

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I just posted a link elsewhere rather than start a new thread. Sounds like a slight over-dramatisation: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49300025
Nearly a million people have been affected by a major power cut across large areas of England and Wales, affecting homes and transport networks.

National Grid said it was caused by issues with two power generators but the problem was now resolved.

Blackouts were reported across the South East, South West and North East of England, the Midlands and Wales.

Trains were delayed and cancelled, and traffic lights in parts of London stopped working.
 

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Sanction the Russians, they caused this.
... or maybe it's the Chinese with their 5G Huawei rollout.
 

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:giggle:First world problem... power goes out for a few minutes and its the end of the world
 

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:giggle:First world problem... power goes out for a few minutes and its the end of the world
Its not such fun when your underground train gets stuck for several hours in the dark! It did take quite a while to get all the signals and schedules working again, and Friday afternoon is always a busy time of the week.

In the UK people do actually rely on public transport, since owning a car in London is completely impractical.
 

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There is an increasing problem with grid outages in areas where there are a lot of asynchronous power sources. These include renewables such as wind and solar, as well as long-distance DC-AC power-lines, neither of which have a stable spinning generator found in power turbines.

The discussion is a bit technical, but worth understanding (should be in the Eskom forum). See: https://www.thegwpf.com/increasing-electricity-system-fragility-in-the-uk/
 

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Most of the prolonged disruption on the rail network was apparently triggered by the dip in power, which caused some of the new high-tech locomotives to go into shutdown mode to protect sensitive electronics.

It seems that First World countries without regular power failures suddenly find vulnerable technologies.

There is a lot to be said for old fashioned machinery, that isn't affected by regular load shedding in SA.
 

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58 odd minutes and makes the news, let them visit SA in prime loadshedding :laugh:
Difference is catering for it.. you can have a daily power cut and have zero impact on life if catered for(which also costs money).. but an unexpected one which isn’t prepared for takes out multiple services & systems.

Also 1hr in London costs a lot more than 1hr outage in Sandton.
 

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Blown away by the public transport in long Beach. Free electric bus shuttles around the queen Mary and aquarium/downtown area
 

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Cars work better than anything else in South Africa's two major cities.
True, but if South Africa had anywhere near the car ownership rate of the UK, it would be disastrous, and it would also require congestion charging and better PT.
 
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