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The Telecom Digest for January 12, 2013
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Post-Sandy repairs going slowly in New York (unknown)

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Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:19 -0500 (GMT-05:00) From: Anonymous <anonymous@invalid> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Post-Sandy repairs going slowly in New York Message-ID: <anonyous002-2012-01-11@telecom-digest.org> On Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:09:29 -0500, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > By JIM DWYER > Published: December 6, 2012 > > There is now more deserted office space in Lower Manhattan because of > Hurricane Sandy than there are offices in many cities. Mobile boilers > line the streets. Portable generators are stacked to the > curbs. Ventilation tubes coil around scaffolds, snake above sidewalks, > quiver and pulse. It is as if bodies had been turned inside out, > exposing the hearts, lungs and organs that are normally internal. Of > course, these devices keep the buildings running in some limited > ways. Still, 15 million to 18 million square feet of space is > unusable, about as much as exists in any condition whatsoever in > cities like Miami, Phoenix and San Diego. > > > http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/nyregion/empty-offices-seem-poised-to-remain-so-in-lower-manhattan.html?ref=verizoncommunicationsinc > > -or- > > http://goo.gl/z5zHY > This matter is regrettable, but is all too common in coastal cities. Critical infrastructure is separated from a world of ocean by only a few feet of elevation, or man-made barriers which may provide 'blue sky' protection, but not in the face of a storm. There is an apparently hopeful assumption that the water level will stay forever precisely where it is. For example, The island of Maui, home to 157,000 people and host to 7.3 million visitors last year, has, according to publicly available info, two significant generation facilities: the Kahului Power Plant and the Maalaea Power plant. The Kahului plant is within 50' of the ocean and at about 10' elevation......the Maalaea plant is within about 800' of the ocean and is at about 20' elevation. The rest of the generation capacity consists of an 80 year old sugar mill, some wind power, and scattered solar.....returning these from a black start would be doubtful, and their total output is about 10-15% of the base load of the island. Clearly, they are happily hoping against the flood that someday will indeed come.
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