Below is a letter to the editor in oblique reference to the angry callout of raised fees on power in the wake of severe outages this fall and winter. I don’t think the anger would be so expressed maybe 30 years ago. But, as ever, we are in transition as a society and some voices are more strident and maybe more used to the good life than in the past. Those coming here now are more well off, many possessed of the fine second home. The image below is not that referred to in the letter. Actually it is maybe twenty years old, from the aftermath of the great ice storm of 1998. It does not show state-of-the-art equipment used to move power lines around today.
Thanks for the image of electric power workers and equipment in the last edition. This is from the point of view of one who has not studied the ins and outs of power generation and infrastructure maintenance and repair. It’s written by someone at home in the comforts of a well-lit room, coffee available via a coffee-maker plugged into the wall, with breakfast cooked on a stove ignited by electricity; and a computer operable by power generated in that mysterious way power has of being generated. Sometimes we use the basement heater to keep pipes from freezing.
While driving I did, however, happen on the gigantic, costly and fantastic equipment used by the power company working to keep access to electric power maintained in good order. Order, I suppose, is necessary to keep the power safe in the trained hands of those willing to risk a powerful death to keep all these things mentioned above working for our orderly lives. And then there are the machines in hospitals, schools, and other institutions so helpful to our daily lives and hopes.
Let’s help keep the pay grade and training good and getting better for those called out in all hazards and extremes to keep us warm and well. Let’s hope the costly equipment is manufactured and maintained by workers in pay enough to make a living. If rates are high and going higher, we always have the option to cut back. Kinda like our ancestors did. I have the feeling… when they finally got some of this stuff from that round-the-clock worker, Edison, they were extremely careful with it.
Plans are The Green and Blue House webpage will be shuttered in May 2018. (That’s the plan now.)