Sunday, September 4, 2011

Why can't Consumer's Energy and DTE keep the power on?

Every time the wind blows hard enough to blow the leaves around vast swaths of Michigan lose their electricity. More than any place I've ever been other than turd third world countries. Don't we pay them enough for a stable supply? Years ago I purchased a portable fuel powered generator and so this stuff doesn't affect me in a major way any more. But with that said it's still inexcusable for this to happen so often. Fuel prices go up, down, and sideways and all,  but the basic structural necessities to keep the grid up and running reliably seem to me to be pretty well-established and predictable and to be well within DTE and Consumer's Energy's  engineering capabilities as well. So what gives?