Last night I was over at the DIY Audio Site's Forums and I read an article by Decware's owner about Power Generation. In the article he was adressing "Late Night Bloom" and what causes this event. He said that he was at a power company one time and saw the Power Control Operators vary the frequency of the power (other than 60Hz.) This peeked my curiosity and I work for the power company so I asked my friends tonight who happen to be Power Control Operators if this was true. They had some interesting information. Basicaly what happens when you drop the frequency of your own generation you begin to lean on neighboring power generation facilities and this is illegal. Back in the 70's a certain power company was caught doing this and penalized severely. They said that some fluctuation is unavoidable. Under severe load when generation does not meet the demand the frequency will dip. They have alarms in place to warn them of such happenings and the power never dips below 59.5Hz and they said this is perfectly acceptable and does not effect a clock cycle on a consumer timepiece or anything that clocks off the 60Hz AC Cycle. Yes they "can" advance or retard a clock by over or under frequency conditions but they are not allowed to do things like this and they also said if thier generation was at 57Hz we wouldn't be generating any power at all. Interesting stuff... Your thoughts?