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[aprssig] 3' snow emergency (generators)

Richard Amirault ramirault at verizon.net
Tue Feb 9 17:50:42 UTC 2010

Ahhhh ... that works for you .. but not everyone in the country has an all 
electric house. For instance, in the Northeast oil heat is common (I have 
it) and natural gas is an option both for heat and for hot water (I have gas 
heated hot water)

Richard Amirault
Boston, MA, USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Bruninga"
> The number 1 problem in any power outage is that eventually
> everyone's hot water cools, their house cools, (or in the summer
> warms) and every single one of those thermostats mechanically
> closes.  The result is that bringing the grid back up in any
> area has to contend with the worst-possible load all at once.
> That is why they ask everyone to turn off everything to help
> with this re-powering PEAK load.  And why they have to bring up
> small areas one at a time.
> That is also why they also pay-you $10 per month if you let them
> put a smart disconnect on your hot water heater and heat-pump so
> that they can send a radio signal to cause your 8 KW hot water
> heater and 10 KW heatpump to NOT come back on instantly, but
> wait until they have the load balanced under their control.
> That was my reference to thermostats.
> Bob, Wb4APR

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