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Okay I’m in a power outage but…

.. what I’m wondering is why a friend of mine, living two kilometres from me, still has power. Why do I have to stay exactly at the border of one of the worse-served towns in the area?

Anyway, at least today I could sleep as I did shut down the UPSes before going to sleep, so I wake up just one hours (now half an hour) before the (supposedly) outage end.

Oh well, I’ll have some lunch soon, then I have to prepare myself as I have some job meeting today, and then I’ll have to go to my doctor to see if he can change the blood thinner I’m taking to something less.. risky.

Update: it’s 14.14 right now, the outage should have ended at 13:30, so we’re now at 5 hours 44 minute of outage. I wonder how much they can stretch it before I can sue them.

Update 2: it’s 14:24, my mother called the call center of the power company, they were not ready to answer calls about this, the answering machine that usually covers these work in progress was not active, and the operators took ten minutes to answer what the hell was going on. And they say that it will require at least another 30 minutes. This brings us to more than six hours of outage. In winter. With 9°C outside. Now I really start to think about suing them.

Comments 6
  1. If Italian laws and especially electrodistribution regulations are at least vaguely similar to Slovenian, your choices are probably very limited.Their only obligation is to inform you about impending planed power outage a day in advance ( where publishing over some channel, eg radio counts as informing customer) and they have to show that extra unplanned delay was to the work of higher forces outside their domain…

  2. and btw – you can afford to use electricity for heating ? Isn’t that a bit wastefull ?Unless ofcourse your electricity is so cheap. But then you get what you pay for… ;o)

  3. Of course using electricity for heating doesn’t really make sense unless in case of emergency (read: next week when they’ll take out the old boiler and replace it with the new one), but you need electricity for the boiler’s pump which pushes the hot water to the heaters.

  4. The UPSes are only connected to computers and misc networking equipment, so no, they can’t run the boiler.Beside, although I don’t know the actual power required by it, it is probably massive, as it’s directly wired to the electrical system, which if i recall correctly is prescribed just for stuff going over 16A at 230V.I wouldn’t either be surprised if the boiler is an inductive load, which would kill the UPS at once (like a laser printer, a power drill, or the Apple powerbrick).

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