"Massive cascading power outages," said an NBC reporter. As millions of commuters streamed into city streets in New York and across the northeast, locally, LP&L officials were counting their blessings. "We're just glad we don't have subways," said Operation Supervisor Dale Stephens.
The last blackout in the Hub City occurred seven years ago, encompassing an area from Amarillo, to Midland, to Roswell. "It makes you appreciate how much we rely on electricity for everything," said a woman being interviewed.
While completely preventing power outages is impossible, limiting their impact is an ongoing priority. "We could have an outage but it probably wouldn't be for so long," said Stephens. According to LP&L, electricity would most likely be restored to the area within 30 minutes to an hour. The result of a power grid with multiple backup systems, unlike much of the northeast. A local effort to continually spend money on capital improvements instead of wishful thinking. "You may save money in the front, but you keep that philosophy and you'll have what happened today," said Chief Operations Officer Gary Zheng.
LP&L has nearly 800 miles of power lines criss-crossing the Hub City, with a new substation currently under construction in southeast Lubbock.