Transformer explosions around town

7/5/2010:

Hoboken barely managing heat wave

Today’s sweltering heat must be causing electrical infrastructure to get overloaded. First, we had a power outage on 11th street earlier this afternoon, and now another transformer exploded on 10th Street between Bloomfield and Garden.

Just keep building more and more – and this type of stuff will happen more frequently!

more transformer explosions in Hoboken NJ - Transformer explosions around town

You may also like...

8 Comments
Newest
Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
mooshu
mooshu
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 12:47 pm

Overdevelopment follows overpopulation, the biggest, most serious f*cking problem in our world right now.

But I digress.

Add to what Perry and mcspacebar have stated… the fact that there are houses currently running five or six air conditioners at once, and of course these transformers are gonna blow left and right.

Stay cool.

mcspacebar
mcspacebar
Monday, July 5, 2010 10:50 pm

Well, it is the fault of the developers & the city.
Whenever an area gets built up and developed beyond what it was previously, the infrastructure of that area need to be updated to accommodate the expansion.e bill.
Pretty simple really. except no one wants to foot th

jcboyz
jcboyz
Monday, July 5, 2010 10:17 pm

Transformers have blown everywhere! I was in the suburbs today and Chatham, Madison and Summit all had major power outages. YOU REALLY HAVE TO STOP BLAMING DEVELOPERS FOR EVERYTHING!!! Its getting old and BORING!

FMTVENG
FMTVENG
Reply to  hoboken411
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 1:52 pm

the city has nothing to do with the infrastructure planning. That is all handled by the utilities themselves (PSE&G, United Water, etc) which are all regulated by the board of public utilities and not local governments. [quote comment=”194240″]mcspacebar beat me to the punch. Wasn’t really blaming anyone specific – just the fact that the “over-development” is allowed to take place without proper infrastructure planning (i.e., electric grid, sewer systems, roads, traffic control, parking, I could go on…)

[/quote]

camel2
camel2
Reply to  FMTVENG
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 1:56 pm

So you’re saying we have no need for this useless administration? Gotcha. I agree.[quote comment=”194270″]the city has nothing to do with the infrastructure planning. That is all handled by the utilities themselves (PSE&G, United Water, etc) which are all regulated by the board of public utilities and not local governments.

[/quote]

bradykp
bradykp
Reply to  hoboken411
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 2:47 pm

while you’re certainly right to point out the poor infrastructure planning by the city with developing, in the case of transformers, that falls on the utility, PSE&G. PSE&G (like other electric utilities) have little incentive to fix or upgrade infrastructure until it fails completely and must be replaced. That’s a result of deregulation of the electric industry (which has positives and negatives) which has allowed other companies to profit off of the existing infrastructure. So why would PSE&G put money into upgrading when it doesn’t always benefit them 100%?

combine that with the constant battle of NIMBY when electric infrastructure needs to be upgraded – and you get lots of brownouts and lots of infrastructure failure by an overtaxed system. [quote comment=”194240″]mcspacebar beat me to the punch. Wasn’t really blaming anyone specific – just the fact that the “over-development” is allowed to take place without proper infrastructure planning (i.e., electric grid, sewer systems, roads, traffic control, parking, I could go on…)[/quote]

animal_lover
animal_lover
Reply to  bradykp
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 1:40 am

Let’s be thankful that the utilities have not been privatized. I lived in a city where the electric was owned by foreign investors. Theoretically, a private company experienced in energy infrastructure could manage it with a higher level of reliability and more cost effectively. Yet the reality is that the German investor did not perform the maintenance with the result of at least annual day long outages. The worst outage was 4 days in an ice storm where utility crews from mutual aid states had to travel long distances to restore the service. [quote comment=”194274″]while you’re certainly right to point out the poor infrastructure planning by the city with developing, in the case of transformers, that falls on the utility, PSE&G. PSE&G (like other electric utilities) have little incentive to fix or upgrade infrastructure until it fails completely and must be replaced. That’s a result of deregulation of the electric industry (which has positives and negatives) which has allowed other companies to profit off of the existing infrastructure. So why would PSE&G put money into upgrading when it doesn’t always benefit them 100%? combine that with the constant battle of NIMBY when electric infrastructure needs to be upgraded – and you get lots of brownouts and lots of infrastructure failure by an overtaxed system.

[/quote]

8
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x