June 18, 2004
Zombification and the power grid
Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 18, 2004 08:26 AM
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If one presumes that flesh-eating zombies don't use microwave ovens or need task lighting, you're stuffed. The hydroelectric plant would more or less automatically notice the dropoff in load and throttle down until it shut itself off. There's a minimum it has to produce, and electricity produced has to be used simultaneously; you can't save it up for later.
Of course, in Canada you're stuffed anyway the first time it gets cold and rainy. It takes a lot to keep the power lines up and operating, and Brain Eaters almost certainly won't have any interest in such tedium. That's true for any power source, so get cracking on that solar cell installation. And if, by chance, you should become a zombie yourself, the extra ergs from the battery pack should give you that bit of advantage to keep you ahead of the pack.
Posted by: Ric Locke at June 18, 2004 08:18 PM