For most parts of the U.S. this year’s summer and heat came a bit early. People from the southwest to the northeast parts of the country experienced higher intensity of heat ending in additional usage of electricity to cool down homes. This higher usage of electricity caused the demand and prices for electricity to shoot high.
According to many researchers, this year’s summer certainly shows an extreme weather pattern. If observed, an usual trend shows that the temperatures tend to rise around July and August, but this year, the summer has already touched its upper limits at places like Houston, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.
Due to higher usage of electricity for air conditioning, parts of downtown Detroit faced power outage this Thursday and caused parts of the city’s aging municipal power system to fail. Nearly a half-dozen government buildings were in dark as electricity was out, officials said. Electricity outages in some areas made hundreds of people evacuate their offices in the McNamara federal building, the county courthouse, Cobo Center and Coleman Young Municipal Center. The municipal center has two towers, a 20-story tower includes county courts, a 14-story tower has city’s executive and legislative offices. To worsen the condition, traffic lights were out in few areas; yet the police headquarter was operating normally. Even though this Thursday digits showed the temperatures in the upper 70s, Tuesday and Wednesday were marked with 90 degrees. Wayne State University’s buildings were also affected and classes were canceled Thursday afternoon and evening but are to resume on Friday.
According to Chris Brown, Detroit’s Chief Operating Officer, the outages occurred due to higher usage of electricity and failure of five transmission lines one after another on Wednesday and Thursday.
When power goes out and people can not work comes the worst condition for multitude of people who work on contract basis as their policy says, ‘No Work, No Pay’.