this may be of some local interest
Anyone else's power go out in Ann Arbor?
Ya might need an "OT" in front of your subject line.
But anyway no I didn't lose power, but the lights flickered at work. I live on the south side of town and honestly the power is more touchy here than my relative's home out in the boonies.
The lights flickered here, too (were also south side), but didnt go out.
I have power, I"m up by Plymouth and Green.
and i think that my interuptible power box died earlier tonight. work will suck tomorrow -- just like tsio.
But I've been surprised it hasn't been browning out more all day long, with the record heat.
DTE's outage map shows a couple pockets without power--about 3,300 customers affected.
EDIT: Here's a screenshot showing the outage areas in yellow and orange.
I still have power on state and washington.
and it went off and back on sometime during that time. Computer was off when I got back, and the clocks were reset.
Mine went out and came back on right away by 5th and William. If it went out again I wouldn't know because I went up to north campus.
State and Hoover, still have power.
I came to clean out my house on Prospect and the power was out. Made the heavy lifting reaaaallllyyyy fun.
But did you call the power company? Too many times people just assume "oh well, someone called"...and then when you get through "no, sir, we haven't heard anything about that...".
And the more calls they get, and know there's a higher number of problems in that area (and not just the "are you sure it's not just to your house?"), the faster they work on it.
And where are you? How are you on the Internet at home with no power?
Because I was just outside the other area's line, and it's hit our neighborhood too. Lights by Stadium and Busch's were out, but back on when I came back...but now Eisenhower Saline area is out, as is the strip mall there. So I made a slurpee run and hit a library. AC is working there.
My automated BS voice that wouldn't let me talk to a human no matter how long I was willing to wait said fixed by midnight to 2 am. We'll see. Fucking DTE.
wells and packard area. there is a construction crew at the wells, south forest, and prospect intersection...not sure if it was them or not but this isn't cool
Our power is out. We're just outside the city on the east side. My wife is hot so she striped down to a bikini. If anyone from DTE is reading this, take your time guys, take your time. I think we're on a brownout not a blackout though.
Also phones that you can tether to a laptop are awesome.
...or it didn't happen...
Powers on at Elm and Geddes, but just made a Meijer trip and there are several lights out along Main and Packard along the way there. Made for some interesting driving.
From an annarbor.com article:
An estimated 2,500 customers are without power in Ann Arbor, according to DTE Energy.
The outages - concentrated near State Street near Burns Park and the Lansdown neighborhood off Scio Church Road - started just before 6 p.m.
Unclear so far is when power will be restored. More scattered outages were reported near Geddes Road and in Ann Arbor Hills.
It's out for me too..
Must turn back on before mavericks game!!!!
They had two estimated fix times on their website...9:30 and 11:30 so hopefully the former is correct
Whereabouts do you live? There were a few intentional interruptions to fix circuits damaged in the last few wind events / storms / etc.....
We lost a trunk line....some of you should have been restored 8-ish....everyone else hopefully will get power back soon.
Don't know about this one yet....it's being patrolled. Bet it is heat-related.
Back in the day, doing storm work at Seven Mile and Evergreen, I had the pleasure of watching people rob a pizza place as we tried to explain Detroit to a crew from southern Indiana......add that to the "When the f-ck is the power coming back?", and it was a recipe for....well, fortunately it was a simple fix for that part of the circuit.
Those of you on Hemlock circuits.....the old transformers tend to fail in the heat. There are several projects out there aiming to get them out of there in favor of 21st century equipment - don't know what to tell you otherwise. You're in my particular area of responsibility out there though, so if you've had issues, let me know and I can get them addressed somehow.
At the risk of jinxing my good luck, I've lived on the west side (Montgomery, off W. Washington) since 2005, and I can count on one hand the number of power outages I've had in that time, and can really only remember one or two that lasted any length of time. Perk of living near downtown? Dumb luck?
/knocking on wood
.....there has been about nine shitloads of reliability work done in or near downtown.
Thanks! I will never bitch about my high rent again.
Designed a lot of it too. The rent I can't answer for.....the odd crew showing up and replacing stuff, that I might know about.
Well, I'm sure I needn't tell you that power is probably the biggest thing in this world that most of us take for granted. So, for whatever part you might have played in keeping mine on nearly 100% of the time I've lived in this neighborhood, I thank you. I'm going to drink a beer in your honor.
Till tonight, I've lost power like 4 times in the last year that weren't do to heat (overuse), cold (freezing), wind or storms, or accidents (someone hit the transformer). It just goes out on a perfectly clear, nice day. And it's always my side of the street. The opposite block, and the apartments being me, just keep humming away with power. Then add in another couple due to last year's storms, and consistent brown outs, and I'm not sure what I'm paying for, other than the "discounts" I get when my meter isn't running due to not getting any power.
Still out at s. state...
Updated outage map below with more outage areas indicated. Not sure if these are new outages or just ones that hadn't been reported earlier.
Those of you in the yellow areas - your outages are probably heat-related failures. You folks have the pleasure of utilizing our older equipment which was installed before air conditioning was a consideration in distribution design. If you live on or near Kensington or Marlborough Streets....my apologies. I designed all that work in your backyards, but it is only part of the solution.
Orange areas - damn trunkline feeding State substation. They are likely patrolling it now - you can't just turn on a 40 kV line. You don't want that fire, and we don't want that fire.
This is the part of my work that is a little tricky....the answer is "it depends". Not having been out there myself, obviously I don't really know what is wrong, but based on knowing Ann Arbor's circuits, I can speculate. As odd as it may sound, larger outages tend to be easier fixes (i.e., fuses open, protective devices locked out, etc....), so if that is all it is, then once it is found, your wait would be short. Crews just need to get approval from the system supervision group downtown to close in equipment like that. If it is a physical failure of some sort and they need to replace equipment - that might take a while.
If it is a failure due to heat-related issues, then the night air helps, but someone still has to figure out which equipment failed.....being at home at not having all my maps and programs up, I couldn't say much else. Sorry about that.
If' you're on the southeast side, then it's either Regent or Pittsfield substation, more than likely. Those two tend to hold out better on hot days *knock on wood*. Regent circuits - for those of you along S. Univesity and Washtenaw Avenue....individually, they can be interesting from time to time.
They were new. When you did the first one, I wasn't in the orange, but I am now, and the power went out after early comments.
Not today, but about two weeks ago my apartment lost power in the middle of the night and didn't get it back until some time during the day. That sucked.
It wasn't on Packard, was it? I think that turned out to be something inside the building.....of course, I only get to hear so much. I could be thinking of the wrong place. LOL
Nah, I'm on the northeast side of town. I lived on Packard one year as an undergrad, though.
Those of you covered by the purple triangular areas on the map.....well, the transformer feeding you and your neighbors failed more than likely, or the fuse is open at that location. My best advice is to check the transformer location (the nearest pole with an ugly cylindrical object on it) and see if there is something hanging from the fuse carrier. Those of you with REALLY OLD transformers nearby will need to look for shattered porcelain tips (called "bayonets", for the style of fuse). If you see what looks like an open fuse, call in the address where you are too. We use addresses and pole counts to locate operating equipment such as transformers.
I know Nickel's Arcade had a brief outage, but AFAIK everything on campus has been fine.
Nickels Arcade is in the secondary network bank......let me put it like this, block by block, we're trying to get rid of it in favor of newer distribution.
The University Of Michigan actually, in part, produces its own electricity.....it depends on the building as to whether or not we are responsible for the power to it.
Still no love. Might be time to consider getting a solar cell for the roof. Or one of those house generator things. Eating all this icecream before it melts is tough work.
There's really only one thing to do with all that time in the dark. And I don't mean eating ice cream.
Go out to eat and watch your wife almost knife the waitress who says "You're such a cute Japanese girl"?
I think I saw that movie once....
(Using all my self-control not to put obligatory pic here...)
But really only sounds like an entertaining night if you take the "almost" out of it.
It wasn't bad. Now that she has graduated she wants a baby because "the mixed race ones are really cute". So I'm being careful about some things.
Ann Arbor may have too many AC units going now a days! Too much demand for energy in the late afternoon and evening may cause some rolling brown outs? My only guess!
Had a strorm or something roll through and the block on state from McKinley to Dewey was out for 6 days, of course the 4/5 days before the LSAT.
DTE guy rolls up and says, "yea, that doesn't look good."
Whole foods had to close--Busch's was back on when I stopped by at 8ish but everything in the seafood, deli, and prepared food areas was entirely gone. I assume discarded. Bet some lucky raccoons will feast tonight.
I'm always a little amazed when people don't realize that a blank light at a busy 4+ lane intersection needs to be treated as an all-way stop. Saw some stupid driving before the sign guys arrived.
Or someone bought a large amount of meat at a discount and multiple bags of ice. I learned that trick back in the Blackout of '03 and am now sitting on a lot of steak and salmon.
To keep cool?
Nothing cools you down like some farm raised salmon steaks. Also provides excellent lower lumber support.
At Scio going down Main.
I live just a few blocks northwest of the Huron-Jackson-Dexter "Y". Had enough juice to run the TV and dim lights, but not enough for AC or fans. It was a fucking warm in the house, so wife & I went up to Quality 16 and watched the new X-Men flick as much for the AC as the entertainment.
Power came back on sometime after 3 or 4am, I think.
We can count on one outage a year, either in the winter or summer.
Alrighty then, I've got you written down as "somewhere near Westwood."
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Stop by and introduce yourself sometime... I'll have a cold beer ready for you.
You must be on one of our illustrious Hemlock circuits (one of the few substations that has the advantage of being near a liquor store). I know low voltage is an issue on the west side.....give me an approximation of where you are and I might swing by to take a look at our facilities in the next week or so.