Detroit Power Outage on December 2, 2014: What Happened?


On December 2, 2014, the entire city of Detroit, MI was without power for the day. Jamiel Yameen, team member of CM Mose & Son and Generac Generators, discusses the event and what that may mean for Kansas City and other areas of the U.S.

This is Jamiel Yameen with CM Mose and Son Electric and Generac Generators. I’d like to take a minute of your time to talk about what happened in the Detroit area last week (December 2, 2014). You may not have heard about it or maybe it hasn’t registered what occurred, but the entire electrical system, the grid,  went down in Detroit and here in Kansas City we might think that’s an isolated problem but Detroit is a symptom of what’s going on nationwide and frankly throughout the world.

What happened in Detroit, can happen anywhere in the U.S.

Our population is going to triple over the next years or so but what happened in Detroit took the power down to the entire city for most of the day and they’re gonna have to spend was projected to be a billion dollars over the next decade to bring their system up to you current standards.

The impact was last week that power down everywhere big businesses, emergency services, hospitals, police, fire, EMS, all those things were down. Small business, pharmacies that people not depend on were not able to operate. Doctors offices, veterinary services, security for banks and savings and loans were down.

There was nothing that could occur. There were not enough generators in the Detroit area and could not be installed  fast enough to get people up and running. If you’re a homeowner maybe you can get by for a day or two maybe you’ve got a little Coleman stove you can cook on. Maybe you have a small gasoline generator that you can hook up your refrigerator. But if power is down systematically, how much gasoline are you going to store?

And the gas station that you’re going to be dependent on may not have a standby system to even pump gasoline.

Our power grid is aging. The need for electricity is 3 to 5 times greater today.

So the question is, you know, do you want to take a few minutes of your time to look at providing some redundancy, some control for yourself we’re not dependent on a system that is clearly, without argument, aging and can’t be kept up fast enough.

The population is growing, our demands are growing. The need for electricity is three to five times what it was
forty or fifty years ago and it is not unreasonable for us to have some redundancy in our homes and our small businesses.

Standby generators used to be something that the ultra-rich could afford, and that’s just not true anymore.

The technology is readily accessible easy to install. Most standby generators can be installed in a day. Whether we’re talking talking about your home or small business, you’re not being silly to think about taking care of yourself.

So give us a call (816) 339-5190 at CM Mose. We’d be happy to help you.

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