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Discussion in 'Politics' started by pilot-in-fla, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. pilot-in-fla

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    So here we are with winds building -- maybe 20-25 mph already with higher expected but that is too much for Duke Energy's system to handle. We're hours away from even tropical storm force winds and we've already had to fire up the generator.

    Duke is the worst!
     
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    I'm proud of them for taking down the power lines as a safety precaution.
     
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    If you have overhead distribution then Duke might be cutting you off so that people don't get electrocuted. And I bet their system is set up to be more sensitive than say that in south florida.

    For us dividend investors Duke is among the best.
     
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    Man, you guys are ugly this morning.

    I wouldn't put it past Duke to claim these massive outages were "precautionary" and for the benefit of their customers. My daughter told me once (still not sure I believe her) that after an outage of more than a week, the Florida utility serving her billed her for the power that she would have used had they provided service.

    One thing a Duke customer learns is to have their generator ready to go. I had run mine up the day before to make sure it would start promptly and I had it moved outside, covered it with a tarp and connected it to the transfer switch. When Duke's power failed (always "when" with Duke not "if"), I cut off a couple of breakers (a/c and dryer), fired it up and moved the switch.
     
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    My brother has Duke in Archer. Lost power a week each time with the two hurricanes 10 years ago. No power right now. He has that generator.
    I lived right outside of Archer then with CLay and was on within 3 hours each time.
     
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    Just the voice of a person with a close friend with connections to the public utility business and who invests for income in his retirement.

    And if your power is off you should turn off your air conditioner and every other large user of electricity.
     
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    My generator won't carry the a/c so I shut it off at the breaker. Same with the electric clothes dryer. Cooking and hot water are propane here so no problem with power there.

    I did find my office without power so I had to call in another outage report. Now the buildings on both sides of my office have power and I couldn't see any problem with the lines serving my building but the power did bounce yesterday evening during the runup to the storm. A lot of times, the utility will set their breakers to automatically reset -- typically three times -- before tripping completely. After that third trip, a manual reset is required as there could be a hard short that would damage the system. In this case, however, I'm expecting that one or two minute process to take at least a week.

    Oh I did get a couple of calls from the Duke outage phone line. At first I thought that, miracle of miracles, they had found the few minutes needed to fix at least one of my outages but no, that was not the case. Instead, a friendly recording informed me that, due to the storm (now well over), instead of sending crews out to actually find and repair problems, they were going to "assess" the thousands of various outages that have results from their relatively weak power network before actually beginning to fix any problem.

    So here we have a storm that did cause some amount of damage, some significant but mostly isolated but the main takeaway is the inadequacy of the power system.
     
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    More signs of normality -- newpapers delivered, trash picked up, convenience stores and gas stations opening back up, Walmart to open at noon and Duke Energy still "assessing" what to do about pre-storm outages, making 100% sure no stockholder resources are wasted on costly overtime work to restore power to customers.
     
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    Well I just saw over 10 utility service vehicles travelling south down SR 200 here in Hernando. Now, if this were anywhere other than Duke Energy's service territory, that would be considered a good sign. In this case, however, they were travelling south to support Teco and/or FPL.
     
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    Duke, Duke, Duke Duke of ineffectual
    Duke, Duke, of ineffectual
    Duke, Duke, of ineffectual

    As I walk through this world
    Nothing can stop the Duke of ineffectual
    And you, you are my electrical
    No one can fix you oh no
     
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    Talk to the people whose well water is contaminated because the used ash ponds well beyond their useful life that was well known years ago and should have been cleaned and disposed of properly 30 years ago. This is not climate science. This is science.
     
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    I am glad you know. PIF is speaking of the same mindset.
     
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    As of the call I just got about an hour ago, Duke plans on having Pinellas and Pasco 100% up by mid-day Friday, Hernando and another county (couldn't hear due to work) up by Sunday Evening.
     
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    Duke does seem to be claiming surprising good progress in clearing their outages. So I checked on the one i reported for my residence in Citrus County and found that, lo and behold, it had been cleared and, with it, the records of the 1,700 customers affected. Only problem is they still haven't actually fixed the outage.

    And we've now lost DSL and phone service at that location no doubt due to the fact that the telco has limited battery backup for its equipment -- likely not enough to carry through a Duke™ outage.

    (I'm back over in St. Augustine trying to deal with my condo that got 32 inches of water last year and was just restored as of the end of June. This year, we only got 8 inches of water).
     
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    I don't know about Citrus County, but at least on the intra structure side they are going well they are doing well in Pinellas County getting 19 lit up last night. We still don't have power, but a number of people I work with have been restored the last few days. Duke is still a pain in the a$$, just trying to keep it updated.
     
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    My brother still is without power in Archer. Duke
     
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    Eventually they will get power to Archer. Was not aware it had not made it there yet.
     
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    Another example of how Duke sucks a**. Lightning struck one of its transformers outside my office a couple months back. We lost power for a few hours, no big deal. Over the next two days, four condensing units blew out in my building and the building next door, including my own.

    Duke's own technicians acknowledged that the transformer was faulty and putting out more voltage than it should, enough, we were told, to fry equipment. I contacted a third-party claims office for Duke and registered a claim for my condensing unit.

    A week later came the response: Duke Energy cannot be liable for lightning strikes.
     
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    Don't you love liability departments?
     

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