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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Grid Test

I may be really wishing that my solar project was already finished before this week is over. It's 91 degrees outside now, and the forecast is for highs in the mid- to upper-eighties all week long. Once those office, store and school air conditioners get cranking, we could easily face a grid-busting surge in electical demand about 4 in the afternoon, just like August 2003.

I celebrated today's heat by running the 10K version of the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, which actually works out to be the Delhi-Ann Arbor Run. Even at 9 in the morning, which with Michigan's misplacement in the eastern time zone and daylight savings time is actually only about 7:20, it was already brutally hot. I finished in a time I could be happy about if I could forget how much faster I used to run these things.

Anyway, you might want to make some extra ice (overnight, not at 4 pm!), charge those batteries, and otherwise get ready for a blackout. If it happens, remember you heard it here first! If it doesn't, please disregard and forget I ever said anything.