Just when you think our federal government could not be more stupid or out of touch, they propose this. It is a proposal to stop regulating the power grid at a precise 60 cycles (hertz). The money quote
“Is anyone using the grid to keep track of time?” McClelland said. “Let’s see if anyone complains if we eliminate it.”
Ever hear of electric clocks? Ever hear of clocks embedded in computers and other devices? This is lunacy.
Why would they even consider such a thing? My guess: Wind energy.
One reason wind energy is so terribly inefficient is that it does not lend itself to directly produce 60 hertz power. So, if they loosen the standards wind energy will look slightly better by comparison. Of course, that it will screw up just about every electric device that requires any precision is of no consequence to most "greens."
I'd be happy to be proven wrong.
Hat tip: WattsUpWithThat