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Can their transmission system be that bad?

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Can their transmission system be that bad?

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Ultra high winds can knock down utility lines anywhere, and tinder-like conditions can make fires easy to start from sparking lines. Kind of a perfect storm...
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Ultra high winds can knock down utility lines anywhere, and tinder-like conditions can make fires easy to start from sparking lines. Kind of a perfect storm...
Granted, however, a % of our utility charges are "supposed" to go for maintenance/upgrading which includes keeping brush, trees, etc. trimmed back. Just seems kind of extreme. Maybe they just keep the $$ for maintenance and shut off the power when conditions warrant.
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Granted, however, a % of our utility charges are "supposed" to go for maintenance/upgrading which includes keeping brush, trees, etc. trimmed back.
And that's certainly the case here in Maine. Tree crews are out all year trimming and resolving potential issues near transmission lines. We don't get tinder-dry conditions very often, though. The west coast seems to have the worst combination of windy & dry; the wildfires have been amazingly destructive of late...
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Yet another reason to be glad we don't live on the West Coast I guess.
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This is what happens when companies get sued massively after a non avoidable failure.
The conditions from the Santa Ana winds are comparable to hurricane and tornado winds. Lines coming down is inevitable.

Who can blame them? If they don't shut off the power and a fire erupts, they wil be sued again and again and again.
I'm sure the governor will pass some legislation banning them from cutting the power......without ANY protection from lawsuits.

When Californians are left with NO power at all it's their own fault. Am I wrong?

That said, I'm about to file a patent for a simple device that can be installed along power paths to monitor the flow of current and selectively turn the power off to even isolated sections of power lines that are no longer inline or have fallen down. It will resolve this issue.
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