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Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

It’s been a week since power has been restored to San Diego after a massive “operator error”-induced blackout. In a sign of just how far we as a nation still have to go in achieving a Smart Grid, not only were grid operators unable to choke off the outage before it grew into a major blackout, but operators (as well as the media and even Congress) are still scratching their heads about just how this localized problem spread so far and so rapidly. California’s ISO announced Read more [...]
Power Blackouts Increasing in the US & Smart Grid

Power Blackouts Increasing in the US & Smart Grid

The power grids in the Northeast section of the United States had 147 minutes of non-disaster power outages last year and the South Atlantic section had 143 minutes last year according to a CNN report.  This figure moves up yearly as the electrical distribution system continues to age with very little change over the past 50 years.  “During the past 2 decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent – up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005 Read more [...]