May 28, 2014

Power Outage Idles Blog Production

molovinsky on allentown has just gotten back on line, after about 13 hours of another PPL outage. Customers have come to expect disrupted service when wind reaches beyond 6 miles per hour. Although the PPL automated message system first reported that power would be restored by 8:00pm last evening, the message was then changed to 7:00am this morning. As a veteran of these power interruptions, let me translate. A tree or branch fell on a line, and the contracted tree service doesn't start work until daylight. One would think that after all the recent outages, the utility might have considered an in-house tree service. According to an article in The Morning Call, PPL showed some favoritism in 2011, dispatching crews to special customers. We know that I'm not one of them.

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