Massive San Diego Blackout Shows Vulnerability of Power Grid and the Need for Alternatives

Around six million people in the Southwestern USA and Northwestern Mexico were left without electricity when a single worker shut down the entire system while switching a capacitor in Yuma, Arizona. The fallout from this event included the shut down of the light-rail transit system in San Diego, the shut down of the International Airport in San Diego and the spillage of two million gallons of sewage into a lagoon in San Diego.

The international airport in San Diego was among many institutions shut down by the Sept. 8 blackout

This incident shows that the electric power grid in the United States has become too big and unreliable. It will undoubtedly prompt many businesses, factories, office buildings and hospitals to switch to generating their own power. That will undoubtedly drive the market for devices like Andrea Rossi’s e-cat generatorwhich is supposed to begin testing in October. If something like e-cat were available the transit agency in San Diego could have simply switched it on during the blackout and kept its trains running. The airport could have done the same which would have allowed it to keep operating.

It makes no sense to rely on a massive power grid dependent on a few giant power stations that can be easily sabotaged or damaged. The Japanese economy is still reeling from the side effects of the Tsunami. The National University System Institute for Policy Research estimates that this blackout cost businesses and others in the San Diego area $100 million.

If incidents like this continue many smaller towns and neighborhoods may start generating their own electricity with devices like the e-cat in the future. It looks like Andrea Rossi is unveiling his device at the right time.

This will become more common unless we find alternatives to the "grid."

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5 Responses to Massive San Diego Blackout Shows Vulnerability of Power Grid and the Need for Alternatives

  • This becomes very personal to me, I have been writing for years on this subject and have found that we passed up building technology using human power because of discovery of oil anyway that’s when those machines stopped being improved and patented.

    Manmotor art is safe and very reliable, it’s a motor using human effort and amplifying the weight to a point heating gas and electricity can be produced. That’s all dropped out of the manufacturing in America. In fact enough heat can be generated by a human to cause the Rossi reactor to operate thus making it operable anywhere even if there is no electricity to get it started.

    I have a strange feeling that electricity prices are not going down in fact we pay 48cents a killowatt hour now and the island electric company is predicting $1.40 per kw/h within 8 years. Most everyone is on solar power and not the grid here.

    • jennifer says:

      Interesting. Of course human effort would not generate enough power to run our civilization. It would also I might point out open up the door to slavery or exploitation. The only way the average person could be “convinced” to run those things would be at the point of a gun. It seems to me that switching from “people power” to machine power was progress.

  • Brad Arnold says:

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/envoy/saudi-arabia-king-abdullah-sends-private-message-obama-210619462.html

    I wonder if the Saudis are trying to put political pressure on Obama concerning the planned announcement and launch of the Rossi E-Cat 1 megawatt generator in late October?

    • jennifer says:

      Maybe. My guess is that the Saudis themselves would probably try to invest in e-cat so they could profit from it. The Saudis are many things but they aren’t stupid enough to be seen standing in the way of progress. Especially since e-cat is still an unproven technology. Why would they waste time and money fighting it. Especially since such pressure would publicize the technology and spread it. Besides the Saudis themselves will need power to dig out their gold (a geologist once told me that they have some of the largest reserves in the world) when the oil runs out. So they want it too. Obama and King Abdullah are politicians they will ignore e-cat until it is proven then both come out and try to claim credit for it. As will every other politician under the sun.

  • John De Herrera says:

    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    In mid October there will be an announcement and demonstration of the Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi Energy Catalyzer (e-Cat), nickel-hydrogen reactor capable of producing thermal energy. The e-Cat is an advanced model of the ‘Cold Fusion’ reactor introduced by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann in 1989. At the e-Cat demonstration, input and output measurements will be made by top world class scientists to confirm that the Rossi Energy Catalyzer is producing substantial amounts of energy and that a new era of clean safe energy has begun.
    jdh