Hertz So Good

“Is anyone using the [power] grid to keep track of time?” asks Joe McClelland of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “Let’s see if anyone complains if we eliminate it.” The “it” is precisely keeping the power grid running at a 60Hz cycle — 60 impulses per second. It’s “expensive” to keep it precise, says North American Electric Reliability Corp., which manages the power grid in the U.S., and it says loosening the standard will increase grid reliability. The FERC has granted permission for NAERC to “experiment” with power regulation, which will cause clocks which use the power frequency as a time reference to run fast or slow by up to 20 minutes over the course of a year. “A lot of people are going to have things break,” predicts Demetrios Matsakis, who oversees the official time at the U.S. Naval Observatory, “and they’re not going to know why.”

A THOUGHT: They will now.

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About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

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