Detroit was definitely a maintenance issue. It was not if, but when situation. San Diego however, got everyone’s attention. Fear is it was dry run to see what the impact was. It was a disciplined well executed operation. While the looters in Ferguson were going after booze and cigs, the San Diego guys sent a very different message. It would be interesting to know their thinking. I wonder if this was a local beef with the utility or if it has broader implications for the nation.
I’ve feared a coordinated hit on the transmission lines. There are enough remote locations around the country where someone could set charges and be long gone before anything happens. Enough towers pulling lines down in different parts of the country at the same time, could cause a cascading blackout.