Leading Off (3/4/10)

1. Oncor had to defend itself yesterday at the City Council meeting. While officials from the company admitted communication was a problem, they said they had the fix: smart meters. These will help alert the company when a house is without power. That’s great and all, but I don’t see how it addresses the problem as it seems like one-way communication. Oh, and they won’t be installed and ready to go until 2012. So here’s hoping for no major snowstorms next winter.

2. I don’t like this article about it being a light flu season. It just seems like unsafe journalism. And it’s not that I’m superstitious or anything, but I’m going to go ahead and knock on wood.

3. Ever dreamed _f being _n Wheel _f F_rtune? Here’s y_ur chance. The Wheelm_bile is g_ing t_ be in town this weekend.  G_ here for details. And start practicing! (I’m convinced Vanna White’s job has to be the easiest in the world. Yes, Laura, even easier than Chris Harrison’s.)

Bonus: Now for maybe the most useless news of the day: the 1.8 millionth toll tag has been issued. Yep, get out the ticker tape. Start celebrating.

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Comments

  • publicnewssense

    I’m willing to bet that no Dallas mayor and no Oncor (or TXU or however they’re disguised for tax purposes)has ever endured a power outage.
    Oncor — seriously — views customers as a necessary evil…. just shut up and send the money…. If you think one-way computer-generated communication is OK, swap your Ford for a Toyota and see how fast you can go.

  • JR

    I’ve got a smart meter…that didn’t seem to help my electricity come back sooner that 48 hours in the snow storm.

    Seems like if the smart meter tells them my power is out, they should know it when I call in to report it…perhaps their smart meter could call me when they know the power is out and tell me they’re working on it.

  • utilitarian

    How ’bout them smart meters?

    One thing remotely programmable smart meters can do, like the trillion trillion little differences between the “new, lower price” marked on the grocery store shelf and the new, slightly higher price in the checkout line computer, is render those clumsy old analog rate increase hearings obsolete.

    So what does a trillion unnoticed nickels every month add up to anyway?

  • in dallas

    Forget waiting for the next snowstorm. Our power in N Dallas seems to go out every time there is a strong wind. While 4 hours is longest it has been out at one time, that inconvenience several times a year is annoying. We were told by oncor that the reason was aging transformers. Maybe they should try replacing those first and then worry about smart meters.

  • Hannibal Lecter

    I came home about a month ago to find the power out in my condo. The rest of the building is fine. I call Oncor. They say they don’t see a problem, but send out a crew. The problem is the smart meter itself. How do they fix it? They have to call their office and the folks there send the signal to the meter to reset.