Tuesday July 31st 2012 Tim
Half of India has suffered an electric power
interruption. That's seven hundred million people. As I
understand it the primary reason for this interruption is related to
inadequate infrastructure and insufficient power generation. In
India, I have read, electricity is the blood in the veins of
The first public electric power
station was completed in London, England in January a hundred and thirty
years ago. A steam engine ran a generator given the name Jumbo. Electric
lines were sent through storm drains to the customers who thought
electricity might be a useful addition to their sense of self.
Customers who could not be reached through the drains had to get their
electricity via overhead cable, because digging up the roadways was a
monopoly of gas companies.