Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ten years ago yesterday, a widespread power outage plunged New York City and parts of the northeast and upper Midwest and Canada into darkness that lasted, in many places, two days. Jay Apt, professor and director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, looks back at what caused the 2003 blackout and what changes have been made to bolster the power grid since then.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
A recent spat of severe storms and a daunting heat wave have rolled through the mid-Atlantic region, leaving roughly two million people without power and no hope of getting restored until the end of the week. The North American power grid system has been called the greatest scientific achievement of the 20th century, but is at risk of becoming an antique unless upgrades are made.
Monday, June 18, 2012
New York State's energy grid is in very good shape heading into the summer, according to the New York Independent System Operator, which manages the transmission lines. And, two energy conservation programs are playing an important role keeping the system stable.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
By Richard Yeh : Producer, WNYC News
Five days after the October snowstorm, more than 420,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity in Connecticut and tens of thousands in New Jersey are still in the dark.