Thursday, July 18, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY HEATWAVE THREATENS FRAGILE GRID AS POWER INSIDERS FEAR SUMMER BLACKOUTS!!!
The EPIC Summer spike in temperatures threatens to expose another glaring failure in Kansas City infrastructure maintenance and investment.
To wit . . .
TOP ECHELON INSIDERS WARN OF THE FRAGILE KANSAS CITY GRID AND RISING THREAT OF SUMMER BLACKOUTS!!!
Here's the word because we know that our favorite local utility company is where a great many politicos run to hide after their careers have left them unemployable at any job which isn't pure patronage . . . Also, they read this blog for a giggle.
"Right now things are running near the breaking point. A few more days at these levels and temperatures and we're going to start seeing an impact. Weekends where people are running their A/C day and night at full blast could be 'interesting' in terms of how we'll manage demand. The brownouts might not make the news but if that happens we'll be only a matter of hours before a blackout. A few thousand customers have been complaining about power fading in and out. Nobody wants to hear about rate increases but in this heat A/C is a matter of life and death for many people. As the population ages, we have start thinking about securing our grid not just as an energy issue but also in terms of public safety. A hot Summer night in the KC metro without power is not something that any one wants to see happen. So, yeah, there is concern but also hope that the heat breaks soon."
So far local media has been ignoring nationwide concerns about the grid in order to offer silly stories about keeping cool.
Unfortunately, lingerie and bikini models have poised TKC's mind and so this is what like a midday cool off looks like in the world according to a blogger . . .
Nevertheless and just like so many homeowners keeping their fingers crossed every time the central air takes a little bit longer to kick on . . . We ask our blog community . . .
WHAT'S YOUR PLAN IF THE KANSAS CITY GRID FAILS?!?!?
Greasing up and running down to the Plaza with a hammer and a wheelbarrow doesn't count.
And so, we offer more proof, insight and info about the danger confronting the local grid along with stereotypical local newsy "beat the heat" links which might be informative but also sound vaguely sexual . . .
Check the links:
Slate: A Brutal Heat Wave Is Descending on the U.S.—and Blackouts May Ensue
Atlantic: Revenge of the Power Grid
City Journal: Saturday night’s Manhattan blackout could be a harbinger of things to come.
KMBC: Heat index hovering around 110 degrees
KSHB: Metro residents seek ways to stay cool in first heatwave of 2019
Fox4: With a bit of help, many homeless people finding ways to tough out the temperatures
41: Three tips from KU Health System’s sports performance center to beat the heat
WDAF: With heat like this, you’re more likely to die with a fan on than off, health experts say
NBC: Kansas City area road crews find ways to stay cool in the heat
Joe Lauria: The end of the heat wave is a few days away (THU-7/18)
Developing . . .