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It isn't a holiday without a couple of WAPA outages...

 
islandjoan
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...as well as an Innovative outage!!!

2nd outage on STX today! Wonder what's up - with one on STT also?

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Topic starter Posted : November 28, 2014 1:16 am
malibutexan07
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...as well as an Innovative outage!!!

2nd outage on STX today! Wonder what's up - with one on STT also?

Retribution?

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Posted : November 28, 2014 1:27 am
speee1dy
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i was thinking the same thing. holiday traditions are awesome

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Posted : November 28, 2014 9:33 am
OldTart
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North side STT been getting one outage a day regularly for over a week now (Innovative and WAPA) but none for two days. STX is just playing catch-up. Was anybody's holiday ruined or was it just another irritating inconvenience?

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Posted : November 28, 2014 10:27 am
vicanuck
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When you have a generator, the party just continues on.

I wonder if Hugo will blame people with solar panels or clouds passing over the Spanish Town solar array like he did for the STX outage last Sunday?

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Posted : November 28, 2014 11:08 am
Spartygrad95
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North side STT been getting one outage a day regularly for over a week now (Innovative and WAPA) but none for two days. STX is just playing catch-up. Was anybody's holiday ruined or was it just another irritating inconvenience?

2 weeks ago my wife was commenting how I "overstated" the WAPA outages. Then last week it was every day. My wife just needs to listen to me . 😉

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Posted : November 28, 2014 12:07 pm
OldTart
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My wife just needs to listen to me . 😉

When you see that cute little pig wearing a pink tutu flying by your window ...

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Posted : November 28, 2014 12:10 pm
Spartygrad95
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My wife just needs to listen to me . 😉

When you see that cute little pig wearing a pink tutu flying by your window ...

Pretty much. Although the baby likes WAPA outages. He gets to get in mom and dad's bed and play

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Posted : November 28, 2014 12:40 pm
Alana33
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At least the weather is cool and we have no snow to contend with.
Wonder how big Hugo' s generator is and how often power goes out in his neighborhood?

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Posted : November 28, 2014 2:19 pm
vicanuck
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Hugo lives in a condo provided by WAPA at Sugar Beach on STX.

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Posted : November 28, 2014 3:46 pm
SkysTheLimit
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North side STT been getting one outage a day regularly for over a week now (Innovative and WAPA) but none for two days. STX is just playing catch-up. Was anybody's holiday ruined or was it just another irritating inconvenience?

Say it's not so!!! Innovative was out????
Dish was working fine.

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Posted : November 28, 2014 5:21 pm
OldTart
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Say it's not so!!! Innovative was out????
Dish was working fine.

Just the internet and telephone went down a few times for short periods - some sort of glitch in our area which they fixed. TV was fine but of course was down when WAPA was out - I'm not on generator.

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Posted : November 28, 2014 6:06 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Say it's not so!!! Innovative was out????
Dish was working fine.

Just the internet and telephone went down a few times for short periods - some sort of glitch in our area which they fixed. TV was fine but of course was down when WAPA was out - I'm not on generator.

Oh! Just the internet and phone?! I guess they have done a 180......
My internet was fine as well with BBVI. Phone worked too ATT.

Quote: "getting one outage a day regularly for over a week now (Innovative and WAPA)"

Dish, paired with BBVI and a Cell is all you need. Innovative free... Ahhhh

Edit to ask, Why in this day and age would you live in the USVI without a Genny? What about food in the fridge?

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Posted : November 28, 2014 8:36 pm
OldTart
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Say it's not so!!! Innovative was out????
Dish was working fine.

Just the internet and telephone went down a few times for short periods - some sort of glitch in our area which they fixed. TV was fine but of course was down when WAPA was out - I'm not on generator.

Oh! Just the internet and phone?! I guess they have done a 180......
My internet was fine as well with BBVI. Phone worked too ATT.

Quote: "getting one outage a day regularly for over a week now (Innovative and WAPA)"

Dish, paired with BBVI and a Cell is all you need. Innovative free... Ahhhh

Edit to ask, Why in this day and age would you live in the USVI without a Genny? What about food in the fridge?

There is no generator where I live. In fact I've never lived anywhere here where there's been a generator but did get through six months with no power after Marilyn with a small generator run just enough to keep bare necessities maintained. Ran my business for 16 years without a generator. Food is fine in the 'frdge or freezer for the usual hour or less of outages which happen frequently where I now live. After decades here I guess I'm pretty well adjusted to simplicity. Cost is also a factor for me right now. I'd hazard a wild guess that your Dish, BBVI and ATT bills add up to WAY more than I pay per month for all three services - I saved $60/month with the bundle from Innovative and that's not including another $20 I saved upfront with the special sign-up deals.

Whatever rocks one's boat! My sailing is smooth!

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Posted : November 28, 2014 9:02 pm
STXjill
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"I don't mind our sky-high WAPA (electricity) rates, since we receive such excellent service" said NOONE in the US Virgin Islands EVER!

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Posted : November 29, 2014 3:13 am
STXBob
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I would be willing to pay 5 times less for electrical service that is 10 times better, yet I choose to live in the USVI!

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Posted : November 29, 2014 12:04 pm
Mixie
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The recent issue was a surge, not a brownout (according to WAPA). Brownout occurs when the utility has too little power to supply -- like when a sudden dark cloud aims its shade at the the solar farm. Voltage drops, electric devices start making funky noise and the final stage is blackout.

Surge is more complicated, most likely the switching of a power plant between sections of the grid. Uncontrolled, a surge will happily fry all electronic components in sight. The most likely cause of a surge (outside of some form of arcing) is operator error. Perhaps one serving of turkey too many for whoever was on duty that day?

What I have asked and never obtained is for WAPA to disclose in a timely manner a listing of all their outages, date and duration, feeders impacted with a technical explanation. I believe that, as a public utility, we are entitled to this information.

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Posted : December 4, 2014 10:12 pm
Alana33
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Did you request PSC (Public Services Commission) to obtain the data? They might more readily get the info from WAPA than a private individual. It would help them review performance by WAPA when adjusting rates. It's worth a try.

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Posted : December 5, 2014 12:07 am
Scubadoo
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So how popular are individual surge arresters for electronics and small appliances on STX? Or better yet, small UPSs? Or whole house surge arresters more commonly used to deal with indirect lighting induced surges but should help with junk from the power company as well?

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Posted : December 5, 2014 3:35 am
Mixie
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Most residential-grade UPS won't help with surges. You also need a surge protector. And what you get is pretty much what you pay for. TrippLite Isobar for instance (look for it on eBay or Amazon) is an pricey and ugly chunk of metal that will protect your expensive devices much better than a $10 KMart power strip. I have one of those in front of my washer, dishwasher, TV and yes, also in front of the UPS.
And if you have a rather basic/oldish generator, it is much better to plug your electronics into the UPS to protect them from "irrregular" AC wave. And during that time, given a choice, use electronics with an external power supply (like a laptop) over a desktop computer.

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Posted : December 5, 2014 10:51 am
Scubadoo
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You can get small entry level APC UPSs like the SC 420 for like $110 on Amazon specifically rated to handle surge and lightening. I've used them for years. One issue with those basic passive surge protector strips is they degrade over time from the surges. And yes, most generators will be terrible with surge and will tell you that in the manual so definitely use plenty of protection for just about everything but the lights and your toaster.

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Posted : December 6, 2014 5:32 am
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