power grid ad.wmv – YouTube: ‘One Nation, One Grid’ is the title of this ad. And this interlocked system has been taken over by the government 20 years ago and like all things in India, this is all about out of control growth as pressure rises on all Indian systems both ecological and infrastructure due to high birth rates.
No one has given a clue about why this entire grid has collapsed so nearly totally. As usual, I go off to the corporate headquarters online to see how this organization sees itself. The above video ad shows a boastful approach. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
Their website claims all is well and power is being restored. But here is the latest news in India: Over 20 states in power crisis as 3 grids collapse – The Times of India
While the northern grid failed for the second straight day, the eastern and north-eastern grids too collapsed. These three grids carry about 50,000 MW of electricity.
The collapse has left more than half of the country powerless. Essential services and public transport systems, including Railways and the Delhi Metro were also hit.
Many US businesses have moved their office operations to India because it is terribly cheap. I wonder how many of these are being wrecked by this blackout? The implications are dire: moving operations to cheap foreign countries has a very definite downside as we see today. Nearly the entire economy of India is paralyzed. This will impact many systems including international trade and banking systems.
India and China are in this race to see who has the better model for development. China’s promise to western elites is, their system runs with few glitches. So this is a win for China. The other difference is China’s population controls which prevents cheap labor from swamping the social system there unlike India which lets the population grow out of control in a country that can’t possibly support many more humans at all.
Back to Power Grid in India’s near-total failure due to probably too much use due to hot summer days, here is their prospectus information for investors: Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
POWERGRID Q1 profit rises 23% at Rs.870 crore
Corporate Communications,July 25,2012
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a ‘Navratna’ Company and the ‘Central Transmission Utility (CTU)’ of the country, has posted a net profit of Rs. 870 crore for the first quarter of FY 2012-13 (April-June, 2012), against Rs.705 crore reported during the corresponding quarter ended June 30, 2011. Profit in the current quarter has increased by 23% as against 0.28% increase in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
Total Income (turnover) for first quarter (April-June, 2012), rose to Rs.2980 crore, up 27% from Rs. 2341 crore in the corresponding quarter of previous year.
We have seen similar collapses here in the Northeast US with transmission from Canada failures leading to the dreaded domino effect as connected systems, stressed out by overuse during heatwaves, can’t supply enough power or the wires literally sag and melt. Of course, one way to fix this is to require all buildings to have solar panels so on hot summer days, this can supply the bulk of extra energy needed to keep people cold.
Here is a You Tube video of plans by the Indian power giant to expand to neighboring countries, skipping Pakistan, of course. PowerGrid plans to venture outside India – YouTube
All of these neighbor countries have out of control populations. The problems caused by wild population expansions are due mainly to vaccinations being so extremely successful. Previous to this last century, half of all children died of diseases before reaching adulthood. Now, thanks to vaccinations, most survive to reproduce. Due to the overwhelming success of vaccinations, most first world countries are seeing birth rates fall to replacement rates or lower.
But religious dogma in many regions means everyone reproduces as much as possible even though this is obviously fatal in the long run. The twin problems of too many humans and too-fragile environments can’t be avoided. Of course, no one ones to stop the religious fanaticism that is causing many nations to double their populations every 20 years or less. So we head towards an ecological train wreck.
The issue of how to cool people during heat waves remains. The only sane solution is to have sufficient solar energy available so power grids don’t suddenly get overused during heat waves. This means social programming so that cities are controlled better and don’t simply grow like some sort of cancer. Anyone looking at any news about India can see transportation services overwhelmed by humans, many of whom are hitching rides for free, for example.
In China, there are no trains running with thousands of hitchhikers sitting on the roof and hanging onto the outside windows. Japan, for example, has run for several generations, a Tokyo subway system that is beastly and grossly overcrowded during rush hour as the government passively let most of the population there move into one place. This over-concentration of population isn’t leading to total catastrophe there at this point in time due to birth controls and the present inability of Japanese workers to build families anymore.
So the stresses of too many people concentrated in one place is finally easing up. But birth control is barely making a dent in India and that country continues to collapse under the stress of too many people and too fragile services.
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