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Old 07-17-2015, 06:25 PM
 
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Is it overall pretty reliable, or are blackouts and brownouts widespread? Does it depend largely on what province/region you're in?
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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I was just in India, and 3 of the 5 places we stayed (ranging from the Himalayas to southern India) had blackouts while we were there. It wasn't really a big deal because they all had generators that kicked in and powered everything except the AC until the blackout was over.
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Bellerose, NY
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I visited Bangladesh (borders India), and the electric system there is terrible. They don't have enough money to pay for electricity all the time. There are blackouts nearly every day. At the same time, there is a growing alternative: solar panels. In a country near the equator, solar panels are way more reliable, and cheaper in the long term.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I'm in Guangzhou, China's #3 city, and I've never experienced a brownout or blackout at the grid level, only because of construction of adjacent towers. I don't think you'd encounter many blackouts in any of china's 1st though 3rd tier cities... you'd probably have to go out to a smaller remote area to find power grid problems these days. China has spent vast billions in the last couple decades on modernizing its power grids.
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Old 07-23-2015, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I think this issue was compounded by the fact that I visited in late Spring when temperatures soar into the 40 C range on the plains, but blackouts were daily in Delhi and Varanasi when I visited last year. Those were the only major cities I visited. In the hill stations I went to, there seemed to be no issues. I guess it depends heavily on the strain, and so naturally it must affect most of India very poorly for the most part.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:10 AM
 
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I'm in Guangzhou, China's #3 city, and I've never experienced a brownout or blackout at the grid level, only because of construction of adjacent towers. I don't think you'd encounter many blackouts in any of china's 1st though 3rd tier cities... you'd probably have to go out to a smaller remote area to find power grid problems these days. China has spent vast billions in the last couple decades on modernizing its power grids.
China has passed that phase.

When I was young (80s), we encountered blackout regularly, sometimes announced beforehand and sometimes unexpected. Most families kept some candles/matches at easy to find places for that purpose. Things improved dramatically since the 1990s and I don't recollect it ever happened again since 2000. Nobody keeps candles for that event any more.

China has been building electricity capacity the size of the UK's every single year for quite some time.
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