California led the nation in power outages in 2012, with the state racking up 510 blackouts totaling 16,984 minutes — nearly 12 days — affecting more than 1.4 million people.I have a copy of that report. And CA by far has had more outages than any other state. And when you look at total duration, for TX it's 30 hours. For CA? 12 days.:
The average number of people affected per outage in the state was 3,711, and the average length per outage was 210 minutes, or three and a half hours.
The impact of power outages on corporate computer systems is equally devastating, according to figures from the Department of Energy.
■ 33 percent of companies lose $20,000–$500,000
■ 20 percent lose $500,000 to $2 million
■ 15 percent lose more than $2 million
Of course, when we last had a hurricane in Houston back in 2008, our power was out for three weeks!! Having said that, from 2010 through 2012 TX has had a total of nine hurricanes and tropical storms plow through the state and we still managed to keep the lights on for longer than CA.
I think things in CA are going to get worse before they get better.