Our electric company (who outdoes itself in customer service) has come up with the kind of program that sounds, at first read, like a good idea.
Then you read it again and realize that maybe....not...
They are now in the process of implementing a program that will enable them to contact you in email or text when you have a power outage. So you are aware that you HAVE a power outage.
I can just see someone firing up the computer after the lights come back on, to find a message from the power company, informing you that there's a known outage in your area and it should be restored in about three hours. "Aha" you say, "that explains why the lights wouldn't work"