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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is the Electric Utility, Con Edison. They get the award for their handling of the power blackout now affecting Queens New York.

The damage to a utility's underground network in the borough of Queens is greater than imagined a twist in the six-day power outage that could mean electricity won't be back until early in the week, the mayor said Saturday.


To hasten the restoration of power to as many as 20,000 customers, or about 80,000 people, electrical crews from as far away as Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, were on their way to New York to help, Bloomberg said.

Severe thunderstorms Friday hindered efforts to repair the series of unexplained electrical failures and knocked out some repaired circuits, Bloomberg said.

Consolidated Edison crews "are going manhole to manhole, pulling up every line," the mayor said. As workers inspected underground cables and transformers, they "found more damage than they thought they would find. They were surprised."

Power has been out for some residents and businesses since Monday.

A series of heavy-duty circuits supplying an area in northwest Queens failed Monday evening, hours after the state set a record for electricity use. As temperatures rose to 100 degrees, more circuits failed Tuesday. The same happened Wednesday, even after the heat wave broke and power demand plummeted.


Con Edison hasn't been able to explain why the power distribution system failed.

On Friday, Con Edison revealed the failure was 10 times larger than it had previously reported. The utility had initially said only 2,000 customers were affected, explaining that the earlier figure was based only on the number of people who called to complain.

The utility's acknowledgment that more customers were affected drew a furious response from some residents and city leaders.

"Con Edison's behavior has crossed the line from reprehensible to criminal," said Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, who called for an investigation.

Con Edison spokesman Chris Olert said the company would "cooperate with everyone's inquiries."
Double talk instead of straight answers. Sounds all too familiar to TFM who went eleven days without power after Wilma. The most frustrating part being our power was restored after seven days, was on for four and a half hours and then went off for another four. FPL wouldn't give answers nor did Con Ed.

For keeping its customers in the dark in more ways than one, Con Ed is today's knucklehead of the day.

Michelle Malkin is blogging on the power outage and wondering if DHS is watching all of this.
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