Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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 economic growth.
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.