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Old 03-31-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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How reliable is the power in Natick?

I saw this today: Dozens Without Power in Natick | Patch

and Twitter shows a bunch of power outage issues during 3/28-3/29
https://twitter.com/search?q=natick%20power&src=typd

Just a bad week or normal for Natick?
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:37 PM
 
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How reliable is the power in Natick?

I saw this today: Dozens Without Power in Natick | Patch

and Twitter shows a bunch of power outage issues during 3/28-3/29
https://twitter.com/search?q=natick%20power&src=typd

Just a bad week or normal for Natick?
In case you haven't been outside yet, it was extremely windy today and there were scattered power outages everywhere.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:14 PM
 
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There are power outages all over the South Shore today.
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:12 PM
 
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Yes, I realize that it was windy today.

I should have qualified the question by asking how it compared to somewhere like Brighton/Oak Sq. When I lived in Brighton the power was extremely reliable. Things like substation explosions, suicidal squirrels, and tree limbs bringing down poles have only caused very brief outages/glitches. Is it the density of the power grid and redundant links that gave me the reliability in the city?
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:23 PM
 
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In the suburbs most of the power is delivered via overhead lines that run through tree lined streets. The grid isn't as redundant and there's only so much that can be done.

I have a standby generator precisely because I know I will lose power a few times a year, usually in the worst of weather conditions.
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:26 PM
 
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The worst power experience I ever had was living in Cambridge. It was like being in a third world country, where you just expect the power to not work a majority of the time (ok slight exaggeration but seriously, it was AWFUL). I've lived in the suburbs now for almost 10 years and I can count on one hand how many times we've lost power.
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:17 AM
 
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In the suburbs most of the power is delivered via overhead lines that run through tree lined streets. The grid isn't as redundant and there's only so much that can be done.

I have a standby generator precisely because I know I will lose power a few times a year, usually in the worst of weather conditions.
Some towns are primarily overhead, but many are underground. Residential developments built since the 80s are largely URD (Underground residential distribution) which is much more resilient. Those systems are normally redundantly fed and you won't lose power unless something more serious happens. The upfront costs to the power co is much higher, but they almost never need to repair the cable.

Your average outage is because of squirrels, car vs pole, or trees. As you said, not very much you can do about any of those. Of course, people will flip if you trim back some trees in the name of reliability. But of course, if the power goes they are even more pissed.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:25 AM
 
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A few years ago, during a big winter snowstorm, some idiot drove a truck into a transformer in Quincy and blacked out basically the whole city. It took almost two days for more geniuses to restore power. Usually, the problem is man made, either through accidents or due to NIMBY for not trimming trees and then forcing everyone to pay the price of big tree limps taking down whole set of wires.

Thought, to be honest, electric companies have very poor artistic flair for trimming trees. They usually do a real hack job.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:55 AM
 
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Some towns are primarily overhead, but many are underground. Residential developments built since the 80s are largely URD (Underground residential distribution) which is much more resilient. Those systems are normally redundantly fed and you won't lose power unless something more serious happens. The upfront costs to the power co is much higher, but they almost never need to repair the cable.

Your average outage is because of squirrels, car vs pole, or trees. As you said, not very much you can do about any of those. Of course, people will flip if you trim back some trees in the name of reliability. But of course, if the power goes they are even more pissed.
I'll say this, many of the side streets near me have underground cables (newer development) yet they lose power just as often or more often than me. I'd say about 50-60% of houses near me have standby generators.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:43 AM
 
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I lived in Natick for 5 years and power outages were frequent. We had brownouts every couple months which is annoying because you need to reset your clocks pretty frequently and get UPS backups on all of your valuable equipment. We also lost power for at least a day about once a year. One year it happened in the middle of a cold winter and my family had to huddle together overnight under every blanket we had lying around in the house to stay warm. Now in the past 3 years since I've moved away I haven't lost my power yet and I've only gotten 1 brownout.
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