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Old 06-20-2019, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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I agree with the reasons mentioned above. I have lived here five years and I would say there have only been two power outages in that time, and neither lasted very long. I think the longest was five or six hours. This is one very nice benefit of living in this part of Arizona!
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:40 AM
 
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The other issue in the Midwest is the maintenance of the easements around the power poles. For example, in the Cleveland area, they do not seem to trim the trees from around the wires. Outages seemed to be an almost monthly event during the warmer months. On the other hand, COM-ED in Chicago spends a lot of time trimming the trees around the power poles and the number of outages is relatively small.

Do realize that we DO have occasionally have power outages, usually during periods where they are doing scheduled maintenance. They do have a program where they keep track of people in the area who have emergency medical equipment to ensure that equipment works during shutdowns.
Yes, lack of tree trimming is a big issue in the midwest, at least in Michigan. I talked with a utility guy last summer and he said that the utilities only can trim in a 10' wide swath on either side of the pole, so that's a huge limitation for trimming.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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I agree with the reasons mentioned above. I have lived here five years and I would say there have only been two power outages in that time, and neither lasted very long. I think the longest was five or six hours. This is one very nice benefit of living in this part of Arizona!
Two outages in 5 years! Where I live in Michigan, we have one or two outages a month! And it's a real pain. It got so bad here that the utility company actually sent residents a letter apologizing for the poor service that was "below their standards." That tells you something. They said they were going to "upgrade" their equipment. We're still waiting......
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Here in southeastern Arizona, there are some things to complain about such as the state of the streets and roads, but not many in my book. TEP (Tucson Electric Power) is fortunately for us not one of them!
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:17 AM
 
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Yes, lack of tree trimming is a big issue in the midwest, at least in Michigan. I talked with a utility guy last summer and he said that the utilities only can trim in a 10' wide swath on either side of the pole, so that's a huge limitation for trimming.
On the other hand, Illinois tree trimmers show the finesse in trimming trees that the average Marine barber does while shaving recruits. IIf you are going to cut 90% of the tree down, take teh tree out completely.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:40 AM
 
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I showed this video to my wife, (we are in DFW) and she started to laugh. She said, that has been every other day here for the last 8 months...and she's right. Except it doesn't stop...it just keeps raining and raining and raining....
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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I showed this video to my wife, (we are in DFW) and she started to laugh. She said, that has been every other day here for the last 8 months...and she's right. Except it doesn't stop...it just keeps raining and raining and raining....
We get most of our thunderstorms from late June to late September with an occasional storm here and there in other months. I lived in San Angelo, TX for 13 years and San Antonio for another year, so I understand why your wife was laughing!!!
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