European internet down - unintended consequences

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Earlier today. Now this, from Market Screener - Viasat:

Satellite outage knocks out thousands of Enercon's wind turbines

    • Remote control of 5,800 wind turbines knocked out
    • Enercon says disruption coincided with Russian invasion
    • Says working with providers to resolve problem
    • German watchdog BSI says aware of the indicent

Germany's Enercon on Monday said a "massive disruption" of satellite connections in Europe was affecting the operations of 5,800 wind turbines in central Europe.

It said the satellite connections stopped working on Thursday, knocking out remote monitoring and control of the wind turbines, which have a total capacity of 11 gigawatt (GW).

"The exact cause of the disruption is not yet known. The communication services failed almost simultaneously with the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine," Enercon said in a statement.

The company said it had no further information on who or what may have caused the disruption.

And of course, everyone over there has shut off their reliable baseline coal and nuke plants and gone over to solar and wind.  Spring may be on the way but it is still pretty damned cold over there.  Looks like yet another example of top-down centralized management failing spectacularly at the slightest perturbation.

Top-down centralized anything has never worked. Ever. Don't even bother...

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