Hostage to Rodents

Chris Balcer commented on Two Hour Estimate on Power Restore:

The Prince and The Pauper is closed tonight furloughing 14 employees thanks to a squirrel. This happens at least once a year, if not more, and has been going on for 30+ years.

Someone please explain why central Vermont’s power grid is held hostage by rodents.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Steven Thomas on August 4, 2013 at 22:38

    A powerful storm with downed trees is a an understandable act-of-God reason to lose power. But it seems these days we lose power in the village more and more for phantom or obscure reasons and one wonders if blaming it on “squirrels” is just a way of shifting the blame from an aging infrastructure that GMP is just too cheap to update. People have lamented “Oh, the poor squirrel” when many businesses in town lost much needed revenues during a peak season. Does “additional squirrel protection measures/devices have been added” (mentioned in a previous WEB post) mean patching the hole in the side of the building that lets them enter in the first place or something a bit more high tech? Maybe the merchants in town should get together and present a bill to GMP and their squirrel friends for lost revenues which might provide an incentive to really do something about our deteriorating electric grid.


  2. Posted by xavier baldwin on August 5, 2013 at 03:51

    Unfortunately it is next to impossible to keep small animals and large birds out of open air electrical substations. The problem is when squirrels climb up on the equipment or chew on electrical cables. Sometimes squirrels also climb up poles, especially those that have underground cable risers and short out the insulators on the cables causing an outage.

    This problem is not unique to GMP, At my utility in Burbank, CA we sometimes get power outages due to squirrels as well. In Vermont, you have a lot more squirrels!


  3. A fair question!:). Again thx for coverage yesterday


    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Posted by barb on August 5, 2013 at 06:34

    a generator would be a great investment for the p and p. it would keep the restaurant open for business providing a service to the town for a place to eat when they cant cook at home and income for the staff .


    • Posted by Chris Balcer on August 5, 2013 at 08:44

      Believe me Barb, a generator has been considered time and again. Trouble is, the cost of purchase, installation and tie-in to the main panel is in excess of $25,000. Not an easy number to satisfy given the P&Ps $50,000 loan from V.E.D.A. resulting from Irene’s one week forced closure.


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