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.
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.
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