Lessons From the 2003 Northeast Blackout

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The sun sets over the Manhattan skyline August 14, 2003 during a major power outage affecting a large part of the north eastern United States and Canada.
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This week our friends at the Retro Report documentary team look back to a disruption in infrastructure that showed just how vulnerable Americans can be when the lights go off. In 2003, a great blackout left nearly 50 million Americans from Ohio to New York without electricity.

This week, more than 200 public and private large power companies are staging a mock-blackout. They won’t turn any lights out,  but they will rehearse how they would respond in the event of another major outage.

 Jonathan Gruber, Retro Report Director, takes a look back at the lessons of 2003's outage.