July 17, 2012
Regarding the July 13 Metro article " Heated Pepco hearing in D.C. ": It's absurd for a nation as advanced as ours to lose power during so many winter and summer storms. Most suggestions for addressing the problem deal with temporary fixes. For the long term, electric utilities and the Energy Department need to undertake better technological and systems solutions. Until then, using the current solutions, we need to build redundant networked infrastructure and distributed solar backup systems, and create methods to isolate...
July 11, 2012 |
Nearly two weeks after storms ravaged power lines and left more than 1.3 million homes and offices without electricity, area businesses say they're still trying to figure out exactly how their bottom lines have been affected. "We lost every single refrigerated item in the store — meat, dairy, milk, eggs — along with everything that was frozen," said Kevin Kirsch, owner of Chevy Chase Supermarket, which didn't have power for five days. "Even the fresh flowers . . . weren't fresh anymore.
April 15, 2009
Problems with two feeder lines caused power outages this morning for about 3,500 Pepco customers, but officials are in the process of restoring service, the company said. A fault in the feeder line from the Benning Road substation at 8:20 a.m. shut down power to about 2,300 customers in Northeast Washington, said Pepco spokesman Robert Dobkin. He said the company is rerouting power in the area to get customers back online. A second outage on a line from the King Wood subdivision knocked out power to 1,200...
June 28, 2013 |
In places where it rained Friday, it rained again and again, with waves of downpours, accompanied by powerful wind gusts that toppled trees and caused electricity to go out and stay out for hours. Part of the flat roof of a car dealership in Manassas caved in. Patty Prince, a city spokeswoman, said it was believed to be the result of a clogged drain. She said one employee twisted an ankle in fleeing. Most of the area's power outages were in Northern Virginia, inside the Capital Beltway.
July 13, 2011 |
About 30,000 homes in Northern Virginia area lost power Wednesday afternoon after severe storms moved through the region. About half of those outages were concentrated around Springfield, with areas of Herndon, Fairfax and Annandale also affected. The outages started about 3 p.m. when lightning struck several transformers and other electrical infrastructure, causing an initial outage of 18,000, said Le-Ha Anderson, Dominion Power spokeswoman. Anderson said crews have been sent to assess the...
February 10, 2010 |
Even before the wind has really picked up, the latest winter storm has left (or, in some cases, kept) more than 3,000 customers in the D.C. region without power, and officials expect it to get worse before it gets better. Based on numbers just before 6 a.m., Pepco customers bore the brunt of the outages: 2,352 of them were without power in Montgomery, 82 were without power in the District and 206 were without power in Prince George's. Dominion reported 249 customers without power in Northern Virginia,...