Having personally worked through outages at all times of day and night, every day of the week, in all kinds of weather, I’m pretty sure that there’s no best time. There are only times that are worse than others.
We all have come to rely on around the clock availability of safe, low cost electric energy. We all use it for food storage and preparation, home air conditioning and heating, water pumping, alarm clocks, entertainment, lighting, computers, telephones, and countless other devices that define our lifestyle. So when this little modern convenience-turned-necessity stops working, even for a few minutes, we all notice, and we don’t like it.
During the first five months of this year, we have experienced a record number of system wide outages, for a variety of reasons, at all times of the day. The one thing that these outages all share is this: None of them were located on the AEC system. They were all on the larger grid that we are connected to and take service from. Here are the statistics: