A yearlong experiment with the nation’s electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers — and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffeemakers run up to 20 minutes fast.
Wow, who thought that was a good idea?
Tweaking the power grid’s frequency is expensive and takes a lot of effort, said Joe McClelland, head of electric reliability for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
“Is anyone using the grid to keep track of time?” McClelland said. “Let’s see if anyone complains if we eliminate it.”
Hey! I have an idea why don’t we go down to Best Buy and snag some appliances and TEST THEM IN THE LAB FIRST!!!!
So now in addition to voltage fluctuations we have to worry about frequency drift too?
What a great way to fuck up every appliance in North America and force people to buy new ones.
I may have to go buy stock in APC.